Is this really what Lark Lane will look like in the future?

Liverpool’s popular social hub has been reimagined as a place where cars have been replaced by carbon-free transport.

<p>Lark Lane, Liverpool, reimagined - a partial glimpse of Voi and JAJA Architects’ vision for the area. </p>

Lark Lane, Liverpool, reimagined - a partial glimpse of Voi and JAJA Architects’ vision for the area.

With it’s cafes, bars and boutiques Liverpool’s bohemian Lark Lane has become a real social hub in the city.

A popular alternative to the city centre, the road was partially pedestrainised as part of the ‘Liverpool Without Walls’ project during lockdown, allowing shops and restaurants to spill out onto the pavement.

Lark Lane as it is today.

And now Voi - the company that provides the rented e-scooters we see throughout the city - have reimagined what the area might be like if cars were banned for good and replaced with carbon-free modes of transport.

To mark World Car Free Day on September 22, the e-scooter company joined forces with Danish firm JAJA Architects to share its vision for the future with an image of a regenerated, car-free Lark Lane.

And here it is...

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Lark Lane, Liverpool as imagined by Voi and JAJA Architects.

“Urban planning has, for too long, revolved around cars,” says Jack Samler, General Manager at Voi UK and Ireland.

"However we are confident that we are moving in the right direction. At present, we are seeing a massive modal shift that is not just for World Car Free Day. It’s here to stay.”

A recent Voi survey showed that 42% of Voi’s Liverpool e-scooter users have replaced short car journeys with e-scooters, slightly higher than the UK average which is 39%.