Since the Reykjavík city council closed down a section of Laugavegur, Reykjavík’s main shopping street, more pedestrians and cyclists are visiting the center. Laugavegur was closed to traffic in June this year from Vatnastígur to Skólavördustígur.
Information retrieved from Reykjavík city’s official website shows the number of pedestrians passing through the corner of Laugavegur and Skólavördustígur was on average 9,000 per day in the month of June, but rose substantially in July with 14,000 pedestrians counted on July 12, Morgunbladid reports.
Corner of Laugavegur and Skólavördustígur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Local merchants are seeing more casual walk-ins from pedestrians and are pleased with the success of the initiative, and businesses and establishments located farther up on Laugavegur have expressed an interest in further closures for next summer in 2012.