REGULATING CARS AND BUSES IN CITIES: THE CASE OF PEDESTRIANISATION IN OXFORD
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Volume 23, Issue 2, pages 16–21, June 2003
How to Cite
Parkhurst, G. (2003), REGULATING CARS AND BUSES IN CITIES: THE CASE OF PEDESTRIANISATION IN OXFORD. Economic Affairs, 23: 16–21. doi: 10.1111/1468-0270.00410
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Debates about whether traffic regulations that limit car use will enhance or hinder a particular urban economy are complex and often emotive. The present article considers evidence from the implementation of a radical traffic restraint and pedestrianisation scheme in Oxford in 1999. The most important achievement was a 17% reduction in car trips to the centre, which did not affect overall visitor numbers. The local economy did though experience a period of difficult trading around the time of implementation.