Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores has been mayor of the Galician city since 1999. His philosophy is simple: owning a car doesn’t give you the right to occupy the public space.
“How can it be that the elderly or children aren’t able to use the street because of cars?” asks César Mosquera, the city’s head of infrastructures. “How can it be that private property – the car – occupies the public space?”
Lores became mayor after 12 years in opposition, and within a month had pedestrianised all 300,000 sq m of the medieval centre, paving the streets with granite flagstones.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Entitlement is how that happens. Entitlement followed by self-blindness.
Bikes are mentioned in passing, but not companies like Lime or Jump.
I often wonder how stores in such a place are restocked without allowing motorized traffic. And emergency services such as police, fire, ambulances.
I’ve never advocated the banning of cars. I simply wonder if rental eScooters would be welcomed there. And electric skateboards and electric unicycles.
After the break, some videos showing Pontevedra and a video about car-free cities that answers some of my questions.
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