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Car City Central

Plans to ban private cars in parts of a downtown area have become so common among big European cities that it’s getting hard to keep track of them all. Since the start of 2014 alone at least six metros have announced ambitions to convert parts of their central districts into pedestrian havens with less automobile congestion and air pollution. Based on the regular reporting of our correspondent across the Pond, Feargus O’Sullivan, CityLab worked up a quick tour guide to Europe’s car-free future. CityFixer Solutions for an Urbanizing World Go Oslo The Norwegian capital is the latest city to declare a goal of going car-free, with reports emerging this week that private cars will be banned in the central district by 2019. Though the details are still being settled, the city will apparently enhance its bike infrastructure and give a “massive boost” to public transit. Predictably, businesses are already concerned with the idea—despite plentiful evidence that non-drivers spend as much, or even more, than people who park-and-purchase. Milan Milan has big plans to put people first. (Bert Kaufmann / Flickr)Already home to an effective congestion pricing scheme in the city’s core, Milan made waves in July when its deputy mayor announced an ultimate goal of the “total pedestrianization of the historical center.” There’s reportedly no timeline for the plan. But the general idea is for Piazza della Scala to join two other downtown pedestrian zones and gradually stretch outward to other parts of the city. These changes—plus other car-free moves in Navigli and Piazza Missori—presaged a people-first future for Italy’s second city. Dublin Bikes and buses may one day rule downtown Dublin. (Luca / Flickr)This summer the Irish capital proposed a €150 million plan to ban cars from parts of the city center as soon as 2017. Reaction was mixed, with retailers as usual wary of the plan. But others were quite enthused: “Those of us who walk or cycle around the city, meanwhile, were enthusiastic at the prospect of not having to play a real-life game of Frogger when crossing the likes of Westmoreland Street,” wrote Davin O’Dwyer of the Irish Times. The city hopes to reach a point where just one in five people commutes into the core via private car—the rest coming by transit (55 percent), bike (15 percent) or on foot (10 percent). Paris The Champs-Elysees during a 2015 car-free day. (Olivier Pascaud)Paris is no stranger to car-free restrictions. When the French capital implemented a one-day ban on odd-numbered cars in spring 2014, the result was a measurable drop in traffic congestion and pollution. Another temporary car-free day held this fall was declared by Mayor Anne Hidalgo (and visually confirmed by before-and-after videos) to be a great success. The trend will continue on a more permanent basis with news of a pedestrian zone along the right bank of the River Seine beginning in summer 2016. Madrid The streets of Madrid should look more and more ghostly in the future. (Jose Maria Cuellar / Flickr)One of the world’s strongest plans to eliminate cars from the city core can be found in Madrid. In 2015 the Spanish capital began issuing tickets to drivers who either don’t live in the central areas or don’t have a guaranteed parking space in an official lot. The rule more than doubled a limited-car zone already in place in the downtown area, with then-Mayor Ana Botella eventually hoping to pedestrianize even more of the city. Such measures built on the pedestrian-first goals outlined in the city’s recent general plan. Brussels Plans to go car-free in parts of downtown Brussels have been met with mixed responses. (Riccardo Bonuccelli / Flickr)In early 2014 the traffic-riddled Belgian capital (derided as a “sewer for cars”) announced a plan to convert a four-lane road into a pedestrian promenade. This time businesses weren’t the only ones who objected; walking and cycling advocates don’t exactly love the idea, either. Some fear that driving won’t be eliminated but merely displaced outside the core. The complete end of car use isn’t a terribly practical goal at the moment, but the fact that some think it’s within sight shows just how far many big European cities have come.
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Car City Central

Welcome to the Glasgow Sixt rent a car office Hello, my name is Craig and I am the Branch Manager for the Glasgow City Centre location. My team and I welcome you to Glasgow, Scotland! As the largest city in Scotland and third largest in the UK, Glasgow is diverse and thriving with something to offer everyone. We pride ourselves in a vehicle fleet to match, with small city compacts, family estates, people carriers, 4x4s, luxury saloons and convertibles. From our economy hire cars to luxury and prestige, we have offers for every budget and taste. We look forward to giving you a warm Scottish welcome in person soon. Stephen Bremner ( Branch Manager ) Our car hire services in Glasgow City Centre Explore this majestic city seeped in heritage with a premium hire car from Sixt. We are located at the Q-Park Waterloo Street car park, a 5 minute walk from Glasgow Central Train Station and also close to Queen Street, Charing Cross (Glasgow) and Anderson Train Stations. We are also convenient for the main George Square and the Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian Universities. We are open for 10 hours each week day and for shorter days on the weekends and bank holidays, so you can collect and return your car when its suits you and fits your schedule. We are excited to offer an extensive fleet of hire cars, which we guarantee are all brand new (6 months old or less) and top range with brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. Select a city mini car, family carrier, SUV or saloon from our budget or luxury range, and then customise with our enhancements packages including a sat nav, child car seat / baby car seat and winter tyres. Our rental terms are flexible to you with one way hire, long term hire deals and unlimited mileage. Our team are looking forward to welcoming you. Explore Glasgow with us Glasgow is truly diverse with an energetic atmosphere and friendly buzz. At the heart of the city is George Square (our Sixt car hire branch is close to this) with many historic buildings and public statues. Around is the retail and theatre district with first-class shopping that is second only to London in terms of the UK’s most thriving shopping areas. You can also find the Theatre Royal (home to the Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet), the Pavilion Theatre, the King’s Theatre, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Glasgow Film Theatre, plus the world’s tallest cinema – an 18 screen Cineworld. Stuffed full of heritage and culture, Glasgow city centre houses the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), the Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Lighthouse Museum of Architecture. Glasgow’s architecture is unique – don’t forget to look our for Lord Foster’s Clyde Auditorium, nicknamed the Armadillo, and the Glasgow School of Art, designed by the famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Sports fans can enjoy two of the most successful Scottish football clubs; Glasgow Rangers and Celtic FC, and also the impact of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. With thousands of restaurants, bars and pubs to choose from, those who enjoy their food and drink will feel at home in Glasgow – and it was named Vegan City of the UK in 2013. Explore this huge city and its surrounding countryside in comfort and style, and with ease and convenience with the Sixt Car Hire Glasgow City Centre branch. Additional Sixt Services in GlasgowLuxury Car Hire Glasgow Convertible Hire Glasgow Wedding Car Hire Glasgow Long Term Hire Glasgow Minibus Hire Glasgow Van Hire Glasgow
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Car City Central

Our car hire services in Glasgow City Centre Explore this majestic city seeped in heritage with a premium hire car from Sixt. We are located at the Q-Park Waterloo Street car park, a 5 minute walk from Glasgow Central Train Station and also close to Queen Street, Charing Cross (Glasgow) and Anderson Train Stations. We are also convenient for the main George Square and the Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian Universities. We are open for 10 hours each week day and for shorter days on the weekends and bank holidays, so you can collect and return your car when its suits you and fits your schedule. We are excited to offer an extensive fleet of hire cars, which we guarantee are all brand new (6 months old or less) and top range with brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. Select a city mini car, family carrier, SUV or saloon from our budget or luxury range, and then customise with our enhancements packages including a sat nav, child car seat / baby car seat and winter tyres. Our rental terms are flexible to you with one way hire, long term hire deals and unlimited mileage. Our team are looking forward to welcoming you. Explore Glasgow with us Glasgow is truly diverse with an energetic atmosphere and friendly buzz. At the heart of the city is George Square (our Sixt car hire branch is close to this) with many historic buildings and public statues. Around is the retail and theatre district with first-class shopping that is second only to London in terms of the UK’s most thriving shopping areas. You can also find the Theatre Royal (home to the Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet), the Pavilion Theatre, the King’s Theatre, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Glasgow Film Theatre, plus the world’s tallest cinema – an 18 screen Cineworld. Stuffed full of heritage and culture, Glasgow city centre houses the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), the Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Lighthouse Museum of Architecture. Glasgow’s architecture is unique – don’t forget to look our for Lord Foster’s Clyde Auditorium, nicknamed the Armadillo, and the Glasgow School of Art, designed by the famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Sports fans can enjoy two of the most successful Scottish football clubs; Glasgow Rangers and Celtic FC, and also the impact of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. With thousands of restaurants, bars and pubs to choose from, those who enjoy their food and drink will feel at home in Glasgow – and it was named Vegan City of the UK in 2013. Explore this huge city and its surrounding countryside in comfort and style, and with ease and convenience with the Sixt Car Hire Glasgow City Centre branch. Additional Sixt Services in GlasgowLuxury Car Hire Glasgow Convertible Hire Glasgow Wedding Car Hire Glasgow Long Term Hire Glasgow Minibus Hire Glasgow Van Hire Glasgow

Car City Central

Car City Central
Car City Central
Car City Central
Car City Central

Published on Aug 8, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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