The UCI 2022 (aka. the world cycling championships by the Union Cycliste Internationale) was held in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. This area is famous for its coastline dotted with beaches and rock pools, protected to the west by a menacing escarpment.
This week the race transformed the streets making them less noisy, stress-free, playful by opening them up to the people to play and closing them to motor vehicles.
The Bulli Heritage hotel during the UCI 2022 (left) and from google maps (right). Without the cars in the image you can feel the extensive space on the streets. Now image what that space can be better used for and how it contributes to the noise, smells, stress on being in the area. Without the motor vehicles people felt safer and less stressed crossing the street and being on the sidewalk.