There will be a widespread ban on cars in London within the next 20 years, according to one of Britain’s leading architects, who has called for cities to be designed for pedestrians and cyclists rather than for traffic (The Times).
The prediction comes from Lord Rogers of Riverside who was behind the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the National Assembly Building in Cardiff and the Lloyd’s Building in London.
Lord Rogers predicts that small electric vehicles will become commonplace across the country and that increasing the number of cyclists will solve the capital’s congestion problems.
He said: “By the year 2033 – my 100th birthday – you’re looking at a widespread ban on cars, certainly in the centre of town.
“There will be a major change in the power and form of cars everywhere, with electric rickshaws and devices that resemble Segways a common sight.
“We’ve made many mistakes in the past by not attempting to visualise the future transport needs of London. What do we do with the extra space we will have in the city? Hopefully it will become a people space rather than the car space it currently is.”
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