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Car-free Cardiff - capital closes just one street

Cars are banned from one major street in Cardiff today Photo: Cardiff Council

New York pedestrianised sixty blocks of road, and Paris is banning cars from 400 miles of its streets. Today, Cardiff also takes part in World Car Free Day - by banning cars from just one city centre street.

No cars allowed: Park Place in Cathays is having a car-free day Credit: Cardiff Council

Park Place in Cathays is traffic-free until midnight tonight. Some people on social media have responded positively to the capital's first car free day - but there has also been a lot of criticism at the decision to only make on street car-free.

Others have complained that the closure of Park Place to cars has caused build-up of traffic and delays in other parts of the city.

Others have reacted more positively:

The event has attracted many stalls and exhibitors along the usually busy street including Cardiff University, Sport Cardiff, New Adventure Travel, South Wales Police, Cardiff Council Road Safety Team, Newport Bus, Arriva Trains Wales, Pedal Power, Stagecoach, Living Streets, Dr Bike, Travel Line Cymru, Sustrans and Cardiff Bus.

Stalls have set up along Park Place Credit: Cardiff Council

“Cardiff’s Car Free Day is a pilot event to promote the use of sustainable transport in the city. The closing of one street this year is to facilitate an outdoor sustainable transport exhibition where people can learn about the various transport options available to them.

“We will also be monitoring the highway network, measuring air quality and listening to people’s views. We’re starting small with the view to hopefully growing the event in future years.”

– Cardiff Council Spokesman