What Happens When a Major City Bans Cars for a Day?

This coming September, residents of Stockholm will spend 24 hours finding new ways to get around town.

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When it comes to education, the environment, and well—pretty much everything—it often feels like Sweden is ahead of the United States. So it should come as no surprise that Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, recently came up with a brilliant new experiment. On September 19, for 24 straight hours, cars in the capital will simply be banned. Residents will have to find alternate ways to get around, using only their legs, bikes, and—the horror!—public transportation.

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It’s an exciting new twist for a city best known for “great meatballs” (Correction: amazing meatballs). According to CityLab, Stockholm may not be the only city to experiment with the ban—Budapest and Lisbon are also expected to follow. But Stockholm is already ahead of the game. Many of its city buses and trains already run on renewable fuels, making it one of the cleanest cities in Europe.

With tsunamis, droughts, and miserable, miserable temperatures, one thing is clear: global warming is here to stay. Stockholm’s brilliant new experiment just couldn’t come at a better time.

(Via: CityLab)