Vehicle access restrictions
High levels of traffic contribute to heat and exhaust, adding to the urban heat island effect. Increasing bikeability and walkability can support efforts to reduce traffic and change mobility patterns.
Restrict vehicles in certain areas or at certain times of day to reduce congestion and encourage walking and cycling.
Considerations for Use
Policies restricting vehicle access can be piloted on specific days (e.g. weekends) or during particular seasons (e.g. summer) to ease adoption and generate community support.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:MandateMandates are government regulations that require stakeholders to meet standards through building codes, ordinances, zoning policies, or other regulatory tools.
Trigger Points:City planning processesIncludes city initiatives such as the development of climate action plan, pathway to zero-energy, master plan, transit plan, energy mapping etc.No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
Phase of Impact:Risk reduction and mitigation
Metrics:Mobility modes and traffic
Intervention Scale:City, Neighborhood
Authority and Governance:City government
Implementation Timeline:Short-term (1-2 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government
Capacity to Act:High
Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):Reduce air and water pollution, Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Improve human health