Strøget

Copenhagen, Denmark ,1964

Did you know that “Strøget” is one of the oldest #pedestrian street in the world? In the 60s traffic volume increased immensely in the inner city of Copenhagen where the streets and especially the sidewalks were too narrow for the amount of motorized traffic and pedestrians going through. Therefore, Copenhagen’s City Council decided in 1962 to transform temporarily the part from the westerly Town Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv (The Kings New Square) called “Strøget” into a car free pedestrian zone being one of the first #streetexperiments ever!
After a successful 2-year trial period it was permanently converted into a pedestrian street in 1964. Today, it is a vivid shopping and tourist street.
How old are pedestrian zones in your city? Did they start similarly? Please share the story with us!

Photo credits: Birte Melchiors (via berlingske.dk), City Clock Magazine (via Flickr)

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