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In some places where the transport boycotted, even bicycles were banned, in others there is a car - one for the whole city. Guess who owns it? The alternative is varied: donkeys, golf cars, boats and glacial express trains.
This village is also called the “Dutch Venice”, and, as in Venice, there are no streets in the usual sense of the word. To the houses standing on one side of the canal, wooden bridges are thrown, rather humpbacked, which allows electric boats, the largest floating craft in Githorn, to pass under them. By the way, all water transport works on electric motors, no diesel fuel.
This method of movement was formed as a result of geographical features. In the land where the village stands, there is a lot of peat. And when the locals discovered this, they began to dig it in the most convenient places for themselves. As a result, pits appeared, which gradually became lakes, and then a chain of canals. Hence the forced abandonment of cars and the transition to water transport.
In this village, located in the Swiss Alps, to drive by car, too, will not succeed. The law prohibits the use of machines, as they pollute the air. But the ban applies only to private cars. Emergency services, public utilities of hotels and taxis have transportation, but these are electric cars. Vehicles with internal combustion engines are completely absent. And even the police walk, ride bicycles and horses.
On the Greek island of Hydra (it is also called Hydra) there are no cars, no motorcycles, or scooters. That is nothing that pollutes the air with exhaust gases. The reason for this is the status of the reserve, which automatically resulted in a ban on the use of any motor vehicle. The exception is the only garbage truck on the whole island.
Despite the fact that cycling seems harmless, in the port area and the old part of the island you cannot use this type of transport either. The offender faces a fine, the size of which depends on how much you prevented traffic.
The size of the island-town of Sviyazhsk is only about 1.5 x 0.5 km.Therefore, it is not surprising that there is no public transport here: just before any of the sights on foot is within easy reach, and the whole island can be walked around in an hour. In favor of walking is also the fact that Sviyazhsk is an open-air museum. It’s better to get acquainted with the sights not from the bus window, but admiring them in the immediate vicinity.
There is a taxi on the island, but you can use its services only outside the city. As well as cars, buses, taxis stop at the entrance to Sviyazhsk.
This is perhaps one of the most famous cities in the world, where only suitcases are moved on wheels. Since 2016, even bicycles have been banned. This was done to eliminate collisions, as well as to unload the already narrow streets. Violators will have to fork out for € 50.
If the authorities have decided to ban two-wheeled vehicles, what to say about cars that drivers, with all their desire, simply cannot drive through the streets of the city and numerous bridges thrown over the canals. Transport in Venice is exceptionally water.
On the slyly intertwined narrow streets of the city, located on the island of the same name on the coast of the Indian Ocean, cars do not pass.The only car has a police commissioner. And if the streets were a little wider, travelers who dared to come here would have had a hard time: the buildings in the city are not numbered, therefore, there are no exact addresses.
Mackinac Island, United States
The city is part of the state of Michigan and is located on the island of the same name on Lake Huron. It can be reached by plane or boat. And then - on foot or by horse, by bicycle.
The use of all motorized vehicles has been banned since 1898. Apparently, the residents of the city were farsighted and immediately assumed that, over time, the machines would take over the world, and their exhaust gases would not lead to anything good. And they decided to protect the island in advance. An exception is made for emergency vehicles and maintenance. They are allowed to ride around the island.
La Cumbresita, Argentina
In a small Argentine village, there is a strict ecotourism policy: La Cumbresita is exclusively pedestrian. At the entrance, each tourist is given a village map, but the streets are not marked on it, because they simply do not exist. You can navigate only by the names of restaurants, hotels and counting turns.The main thing is not to stray, otherwise you will have to return to the starting point or look for a new landmark.
It’s impossible to call Mdina a city without cars, as there are cars here. Only locals have the right to move around. Entry by private car is prohibited not only for tourists, but also for Maltese living in other cities. All so that the peace of this “city of silence” is not disturbed.
By the way, in the capital of Malta, Valletta, is also so easy not to enter. Most of the city’s streets are pedestrian and the entrance to the historic center is paid. However, there is still no pleasure to travel by car: in the 16th century, the streets were built based on the needs of carriages and horsemen, so driving through them is extremely problematic.