Tērbatas Street to be made pedestrian-friendly

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Tērbatas Street in the center of Rīga will be remodeled to make pedestrians a priority, Rīga City Council representative Inese Andersone told Latvian Radio March 16.

Unlike last summer, when Tērbatas Street was dedicated exclusively to pedestrians for a month, it is not planned to close the street completely this summer, but to make it a priority for pedestrians.

It is planned to set up a walking route in the city center, which will include both Vaļņu Street in Old Town and Tērbatas Street to the Matīsa market and Baznīcas and Skolas Street. Andersone said that parking spaces could be reserved for pop-up cafes and speed limits would be in place.

Costs, including the purchase of benches and greens, are estimated at €500,000 to €600,000.

“We want both to reduce speed and to partially limit traffic on these streets. Some stretch of the street might be closed, but not the whole length the street. Right now, the Traffic Department is looking for good solutions to tone down traffic and expand space for pedestrians,” said Andersone.

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