Should cars be banned from cities?
One city in Spain took this bold initiative and never regretted having done so.
World Economic Forum takes you to Pontevedra which has been car-free for the past 19 years.
As there are no running car engines, noise pollution has been reduced.
And since 2013, air pollution also went down by 61 percent.
Since 2009, there has been no traffic deaths.
And without traffic and pollution, Pontevedra has become a more liveable city.
Since the start of the car ban in 1999, some 12,000 people have moved into the city .
At present, 70 percent of traffic in Pontevedra is by foot.
According to the town’s mayor, cars don’t have a greater right to public space than anyone else.
Because of the ban, the mayor has been re-elected four times.
A proof of his successful policy!