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Sep 9 4 tweets 2 min read
The city of #Llubljana in #Slovenia, population 280,000, kicked cars out of its center 15 years ago.

It's become a paradise for walkers, children, bike-riders.
People with limited mobility can use the free Kavalier electric shuttles to take them where they need to go...
...more on this great service here.
This from the city's tourist board: "In #Ljubljana we believe tourism should be accessible to everyone. ♿️ That's why STIC Ljubljana is now providing a free rental of electric attachment for #wheelchairs."
Erratum: Kavalir, not Kavalier!

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I’ve been to Lago di Garda in northern #Italy—spectacular! (olive trees and lemons on a blue lake with the Dolomites looming).
Seeing the bicycle route they've built since makes me want to go back.
🧵 global bike path #bucketlist
Submarine cycling.
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Another Belgian stunner.

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2: The same map in 3D. ImageImage
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Video here:
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What's missing from these pictures?

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They also eliminate the vicious circle, in which getting to school without a car is dangerous—only because there are so many cars outside the school.
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