Carfree cities are immensely relevant today. It is both technically and socially feasible to move forward with the conversion of existing cities or the creation of new carfree cities.
1. The Carfree Model
The current level of urban space that is devoted to automobile infrastructure needs to be repurposed to serve pedestrians and cyclists and contribute to green and attractive spaces.
4. Change Infrastructure
6. Small Steps on the Road to Transition
Small steps that improve the quality of urban areas should be embraced, but also seen as a part of an ongoing, long-term transition to livable and ultimately carfree cities.
7. Public Transport
Public transport should serve as the foundation for mobility in cities. This caters to the need to provide all population and age groups, socio-economic groups and neighborhoods with high quality service.
9. Unique Qualities of Carfree
The design, spatial infrastructure and functionality of the carfree model provides the highest quality of life for urban residents. This has distinct advantages, even over car-lite, shared space or traffic reduced models.
10. Minimum Rights to Carfree Space
Every urban resident deserves to have a guaranteed minimum allotment of parks, public space, protected carfree areas, child-friendly areas and clean air.
12. Modal Shift Requires Concrete Measures
Modal shift, namely moving from automobile trips to sustainable forms of transport, should be firmly addressed in every city's planning cycle. This relates to concrete measures and budget allocations.
13. Replacing conventional cars with electric cars is misguided
Automated vehicles (AVs) and electric mobility do not provide a satisfactory solution for transi-tioning to livable cities. In fact, such an approach contains numerous risks.
14. Public Participation
Citizens should be welcome to participate in the urban planning cycle, as being able to voice their wishes and concerns, or even assist in diverse processes, will deliver more robust and inclusive solutions.
15. Equity Principle
A basic criteria for policy and planning in cities should be the fair and equal provision of amenities and infrastructure for all population groups, including those with disabilities, the elderly and children.