City of Kyoto Shifting from 'Car-Centric' into Being a 'Walking
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The City of Kyoto announced on June 8, 2010, that it had started seeking more
efficient use of existing parking facilities rather than developing more new ones, in order to shift away from
being a car-centric society, and discourage the driving of private automobiles in the city. Based on its newly
adopted general traffic strategy, "Walking City: Kyoto," the city revised its earlier master plans on parking
facilities and car parking development for areas with mandatory parking space requirements. The announcement was
included in the revisions of these plans.
The "Walking City: Kyoto" general traffic strategy was formulated in January 2010.
By promoting the creation of a city that facilitates walking instead of driving, where pedestrians and public
transportation are given priority, it encourages the conversion of Kyoto from being a car-centric city and society
into a more pedestrian-oriented one. From a standpoint of discouraging private automobile usage, based on this
mission, the Kyoto City Parking Lots Development Council reconsidered the city's earlier parking lot projects,
originally designed to meet increasing parking demands.
Following these revisions, the city is currently considering revising its parking
lot ordinances, as well as assessing the specific parking needs of large-scale retail buildings, in order to create
a more effective parking environment for these areas. Kyoto's ongoing plan is to continue developing a more
pedestrian- and public transportation-friendly city that facilitates enjoyable walking experiences.
Source: Japan for Sustaintability