Laugavegur and Bankastræti streets in central Reykjavík will now be pedestrian-only streets year-round, RÚV reports. Reykjavík City Council approved a motion for the change yesterday, which also extends to streets in the Kvosin neighbourhood which are categorised as pedestrian streets.
In a post on social media, Reykjavík Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson stated that the motion was passed with no votes against.
Visitors and residents of Reykjavík can now look forward to a redesign of the streets which will take into account the safety and well-being of pedestrians. The motion stated that a redesign will be developed in close consultation with users and relevant stakeholders, guided by principles of accessibility for all. The city’s Environmental and Planning Department will be charged with developing efficient and safe methods of cargo delivery in collaboration with businesses and other stakeholders in the affected zones.
Laugavegur and Bankastræti were previously closed to vehicles between May 1 and October 1.