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Laugavegur in Reykjavík Possibly Pedestrian Zone

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Laugavegur in Reykjavík Possibly Pedestrian Zone

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Laugavegur. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Reykjavík, will possibly be turned into a pedestrian zone for five months of the year, from May 1 to October 1, as suggested by Hjálmar Sveinsson, chair of the City of Reykjavík’s Environment and Planning Council.

“It has turned out that according to comprehensive surveys, 75 percent of city residents fully support it, while only 9 percent are absolutely against it,” Hjálmar reasoned on ruv.is. “We have to discuss it further. We must also reach an agreement with travel companies and that discussion is ongoing.”

Part of Laugavegur was first made a no-car zone for one month in 2011. Many welcomed it, reasoning that the city became livelier as a result, while others, including shop owners, believed it would repel customers who were no longer able to park on the street.

Through the years, the period Laugavegur has been a pedestrian zone has gradually been increased, in line with increased support from the public.

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