German city to ban cars by 2034


Germany's second largest city, Hamburg, has made plans to banish cars from the city centre in the next 20 years.

The proposal is part of the 'Green Network Plan' that will see pedestrian and cycle routes replace traditional roads, while public transport infrastructure will be improved to help commuters move around the city.

Almost 40 per cent of Hamburg is already made up of green areas, parks and picnic sites but the plan is to connect these areas with tree-lined cycle routes and pedestrian walkways so residents can travel across town safely and quickly.

The proposal jars somewhat with the traditional German love of the automobile as manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Audi continue to fly the flag for the German car industry.

"We envision a network that doesn't just help residents to get from point A to B in a sustainable fashion," Hamburg city spokeswoman Angelika Fritsch told the ZME Science urban planning network.

"It will offer people opportunities to hike, swim, do water sports, enjoy picnics, restaurants, experience calms and watch nature right in the city."

"Cities like London have a green belt, but the Green Network will be unique in covering an area from the outskirts to the city centre," Ms Fritsch reported to The Independent.

"In 15 to 20 years it will be possible to explore the city exclusively by bike or on foot," she added.

Germany's Green Party has been raising awareness of the impact that global warming is having on the city of Hamburg. The city is a major North Sea port that has been battling with rising temperatures and rising water levels over the last 60 years.