What would a city looks like if car is banned?

Machinac island
Photo credite: www.bikede.org
Automotive is such a fundamental part of any urban transport system nowadays, It is hard to imagine a city without car. But such a place exists, and car has been banned since 1989. Strangely this city is part of USA – the kingdom of automotive!

The island city is called Mackinac Island, located just offshore mainland Michigan. Although the small island is home to only around 500 people, in the summer, that number swells to 15,000 during tourism season; aside from a couple of emergency vehicles, there’s nary a car to be seen. Transportation on Mackinac is limited to walking, horse-drawn carriages, and bicycling — a pleasant departure from the car-centric society that exists beyond its borders.

“The air is cleaner and injuries are fewer,” writes Jeff Potter, who published an article about Mackinac. “Island residents are healthier due to the exercise. There‚Äôs a cherished egalitarianism: everyone gets around the same way. They also save a tremendous amount of money that would normally go to commuting by cars.”

bird's eye view of mackinac Island
Photo credit: www.bikewalklincolnpark.com

3 thoughts on “What would a city looks like if car is banned?

  1. Miro

    Hi Francis,

    I’m a television reporter working on a story about the cycling scene in Singapore. Would love to talk to you and film your actitivies with your cycling club. Please get back to me if you are interested.


  2. Shu

    Just wanted to say I visited Mackinac Island earlier this year in May, probably one of the few Singaporeans to do so?? The island can be hard to reach but very worth doing so.

    Visitors to the island are encouraged to get around by walking or cycling (older folks have the option of electric scooters) with plenty of bike shops in the town area for rent. I rented and did a cycle of the island and it was a lovely, calm ride with some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve seen.

  3. Tyler

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