Cities Across The World Went Car-Free For A Day And It Was Beautiful

Without question, the invention of the car was one of mankind's greatest achievements. It's allowed us to reach heights never before imagined. Now they're not looked at as fondly as they were before, because of how much further we've come with transpiration. A big problem is that most cars still run on oil, and that entire process is destroying our environment. While some are debating the benefits of driverless cars, others across the world thought about no cars at all. 1 Then they put that into practice. From Bogota to Paris, Detroit to Istanbul, cities around the world imposed traffic restrictions to mark World Car-Free Day. Could this be the future?

A man is jogging across Place de la Concorde in Paris during the second annual Journée Sans Voiture on 25 September

Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA
Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Pedestrians stroll though the streets of the Champs-Élysées, free of its usual traffic

Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA
Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Cyclists sporting bibs that say ‘Paris without cars’ ride down the banks of the river Seine

Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images
Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

A woman riding her bike on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP
Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP