Car-free trial under way

Calum MacLeod
Calum MacLeod
An eerie quiet settled over central Wanaka yesterday afternoon as a ban on cars began to take effect.

The only cars in view were those on parks, waiting to be moved out of the cordon put in place by the Queenstown Lakes District Council for its car-free trial in part of the town centre.

A few cyclists could be seen riding on the wrong side of the road, but with the trial just beginning, pedestrians were continuing to stay out of the car lanes, crossing at the usual places.

Parts of Ardmore and Helwick Sts and some lakefront parking will be closed to cars until 3pm on Tuesday.

Deputy mayor Calum MacLeod said yesterday he hoped Wanaka residents would enjoy the ''temporary public space'' and take advantage of activities designed to bring the streets to life.

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