Of course Bruges is quite compact, and full of gnarly little cobbled streets. But there's no ban on cars. No need. They've not really discouraged cars, they've just encouraged bikes with:
- Cycle paths galore - many dedicated to bikes and not just the edge of a road
- Somewhere to park your bike (and nowhere to park your car)
- People drive and walk with an expectation that there might be a bike coming round any corner
The benefits are enormous. Clean, quiet and less crowded. Somehow it feels more friendly and cooperative - more egalitarian. No question it's what we need in London.
And the girls have great legs.