|In a bid to protect its ancient sites from modern perils, Rome is banning cars and scooters from the boulevard that slices through the city's ancient forums towards the Colosseum.(Source: cntv.cn)
BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhuanet) --In a bid to protect its ancient sites from modern perils, Rome is banning cars and scooters from the boulevard that slices through the city's ancient forums towards the Colosseum.
Turning a gas-guzzling thoroughfare into a pedestrianised oasis, traffic police here have started to enforce new restrictions, diverting private cars and motor scooters to side streets so they will no longer clog the famed Via dei Fori Imperiali which was constructed in the 1930s by Mussolini so military parades could roll past reminders of the Roman Empire.
Only buses, taxis, bicycles and pedestrians will now be allowed on this boulevard. Sidewalks have been widened so people can leisurely stroll around the area.
Rome’s new mayor Ignazio Marino says the ban will stop the Colosseum from being a traffic "roundabout" and reduce pollution. But opinions are mixed among the public.
Andrea Rigoni, Tourist, said, "I think it’s a good measure. It will be a great experience strolling around these historic sites without busy traffic. "
Giuseppe Paoli, Taxi Driver, said, " I don’t think it’s a good idea. On the contrary; it will torture people here because of traffic jams, especially in residential areas. I think the plan will turn out to be a failure."
The city plans to ban all kinds of cars on the famed historic boulevard by 2018. According to the mayor, the initiative is the cornerstone of a bigger vision that plays on Rome’s strengths and hopes to develop a strategy for the city based on environmental and cultural sustainability.