From Iceland — Downtown Streets To Be Closed To Car Traffic

Downtown Streets To Be Closed To Car Traffic

Published January 28, 2011

City council voted earlier this week to close multiple downtown streets to car traffic this summer, to an even greater degree than was done last summer.
Karl Sigurðsson, chairman of the city environmental and transportation committee, said on the city’s official site, “We opened up streets for pedestrians last summer and that turned out quite well. It will be even more fun this time around as changes made in accordance with those walking or biking will be ready at the same time as these streets will be opened.”
As like last year, Austurstræti and Pósthússtræti will be closed to car traffic. However, Pósthússtræti will also be defined as a walking path leading all the way to the music hall Harpa, currently being built at the harbour.
Furthermore, Bankastræti, part of Laugarvegur and part of Skólavörðurstígur will also be made to better accommodate pedestrians.
Councilman Dagur B. Eggertsson told Grapevine, “[The project] will be finished for the summer, and it will be permanent.”
A map of the approved changes can be seen on the city’s official website.

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