Pedestrian streets

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Walking streets are the destination most cities choose to visit to stay and enjoy. Pedestrian streets are equally free from car traffic, but this is accompanied by high levels of pollution caused by emissions, whiplash and noise. Pedestrian streetisation is an inherent stage in the development of cities to create a more eco-friendly, safe and health-sensitive environment. Experience has shown that residents and guests of cities want to have pedestrianised streets in city centres.

What impact do pedestrian streets have on shopping?

In our neighbouring countries, shopping has increased during pedestrian street shopping. Walking streets are equally thriving with thriving shopping and services in a tranquil and eco-friendly environment. Our city's pedestrian streets feature a variety of shops, restaurants, bars, and other services that enhance human life and reinforce the streets as pedestrian streets.

What about those who have trouble walking?

Parking spaces for people with reduced mobility are in side streets or in close proximity to pedestrian streets, but as indicated by traffic laws, spaces for people with reduced mobility are also available on most pedestrian streets today. It should be noted, however, that when driving on a pedestrian street, full caution should be exercised, taking into account pedestrians who are the highest priority on the street. Do not drive faster than walking speed, and if there is heavy pedestrian traffic on the street, parking in side streets should be sought.

What about the entry of emergency vehicles?

Responders like the police, medical staff, and fire departments have easy access to the city's pedestrian street areas. Their access to activities is better in pedestrianised areas than in other streets where there are fewer obstacles.

Attitude towards pedestrian streets

The vast majority of smokers, 69.3%, are positive about pedestrian crossings and there has been an increase in satisfaction with pedestrian crossings between years. Positive is more than negative in every neighborhood in the city. High to one-third, or 30.3%, believe that the pedestrian street area is too small.

The CoR has examined the city's attitude towards pedestrian streets in the city centre annually.

Teikning af fartölvu og tölfræðiskjali í samræðum.

What about the weather?

Since 1960, pedestrian streets have been introduced widely in the North. Walking streets can be found in almost every Danish, Norwegian and Swedish town regardless of size, location or weather conditions. Rain, cold or wind have not hampered this development. Studies have shown that the same number of visitors arrive in all seasons on these streets regardless of the weather.

What about residents on pedestrian streets?

Residents who, on an approved plan, have a parking space on the back of a property that is not accessible by any means other than pedestrian street driving, may apply for a pedestrian street pass. This is done by emailing gongugotur@reykjavik.is

Only one pedestrian street pass is issued for each parking space that meets the above criteria. Before driving through a pedestrian crossing, the card should be prominently placed in the car.

In special circumstances, residents may also be able to access the street space outside of the designated freight time, for example, if moving, repairing a property, and so on.

Where should I park?

Parking is cheapest in the city's car parks, Starport, Vitatorg, Bergstaðir and Traðarkot are closest to Laugavegur's pedestrian street, Vega Street, Waterway and School Guardian. Nearby there are even more car houses where you can find parking.

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What about product release?

Accessibility for product unloading is better in pedestrianised streets where there are fewer obstacles than in public street spaces. Goods unloading on most pedestrian crossings is allowed for freight carriers between 07.00-11.00 in the morning.

Illustration showing some of the Green Plan actions

Hvað með viðburði?

Viðburðir mega ekki valda ónæði  ónæði fyrir íbúa eða rekstraraðila eða skapa hættu. Enn fremur eru flestir viðburðir háðir afnotaleyfi Reykjavíkurborgar.

Undantekningar eru á þessu en viðburður án tónlistar með allt að þremur listamönnum er leyfður alla daga frá klukkan 10-20. Sömuleiðis er tónlistarviðburður með allt að fjórum flytjendum leyfilegur frá klukkan 14-20 virka daga og frá 12-20 um helgar. Í báðum tilfellum er það skylda að listamenn og flytjendur fær sig að minnsta kosti um 50 metra á klukkustundar fresti.

Hvað með útiveitingar?

Rekstaraðilar við göngugötur geta fengið leyfi til að vera með útiveitingar eða stilla upp vöru sinni fyrir framan reksturinn. Þá er sem fyrr lykilatriði að aðgengi bæði gangandi og neyðaraksturs sé ekki skert.

Athygli er vakin á því að útiveitingar ná eingöngu til opnunartíma viðkomandi staðar og að þær eru aldrei leyfðar lengur en til klukkan 23.

Samþykkt um göngugötur

Allar þær reglur sem gilda um notkun göngugatna í Reykjavík er hægt að skoða í samþykkt um göngugötur í Reykjavík sem borgarstjórn samþykkti í 6. september 2022. Þar er farið yfir helstu atriði sem fjallað er um hér í meiri smáatriðum.

Teikning af handabandi tveggja einstaklinga.
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Public Transportation

Not everyone has to have a private car.

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Map of pedestrian streets

You can check where the pedestrian streets are.

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Map of squares

You can view maps of squares and playgrounds.

Pedestrian streets

Walking streets in Reykjavík

We want to hear from you!

Contact us via email gongugotur@reykjavik.is