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October 6, 2022

Central Bucharest to have one-way street system as of 2011

The Bucharest City Hall will turn most of the main streets in central Bucharest into one-way streets starting in 2011 in order to ease traffic. Most of the main streets will become one-way streets with special lanes for public transportation, cabs, fire engines and ambulances, with bicycle lanes and pedestrian areas. The survey also provisions the creation of interlink points, places where Bucharesters will have access to surface and underground public transportation and cabs. Ioan Dedu, director of the City Hall’s Transportation Office stated for ‘Gandul’ daily that “this survey has been in the works for about one month and a half, it will be completed next year and its implementation could last 2-3 years. If the survey points out only the need to have street markings and to install streetlights and traffic signs then after running the simulations we will immediately start introducing one-way streets.” The first streets to be reorganized will be the ones around the Basarab Overpass. “The Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Mantopol, Banu Manta, Petru Rares and Comana streets, as well as those located behind the Districty 1 Mayoralty, will most likely become one-way streets at the end of the year or early next year then we will move on toward the central area. The reorganization will affect the central ring and some of its extensions.” The central ring consists of the Stefan cel Mare, Mihai Bavru and Titulescu Boulevards, Vacaresti and Progresului Streets and the Basarab Overpass.


Romania’s capital has more cars than world metropoles such as New York and Moscow. There are currently over 1 million auto vehicles in Bucharest, meaning one for every 1.6 people, B365.ro informs. Over 100,000 cars received Bucharest license plates in 2010 alone, the Bucharest Prefecture’s Car Registration Service informs. There are 1,181,815 cars with Bucharest license plates, plus tens of thousands of cars that have provincial license plates but whose owners live in Bucharest. Consequently, Bucharest surpasses great metropoles when it comes to the number of cars per capita. In Moscow, the European city with the largest population, the average stands at 1 private car per 2.75 people (3.84 million cars at a population of 10.563 million). Across the Atlantic, New York, one of the most crowded cities of the world, had 1.944 million cars at a population of 8.391 million in 2008, meaning 1 car per 4.3 inhabitants. According to the most recent American census only a little over half the population of New York (52 per cent) has private cars, with only 30 per cent of car owners using them on a daily basis.

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