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Jerusalem is constantly developing, and the city center has seen a construction boom in recent years, with many new plazas and pedestrian thoroughfares, thanks partly to the work of the Jerusalem Transportation Master Plan team.

The transportation revolution has not only affected the traffic in the city, but has completely changed the downtown area. In fact, the renewal of the city center was a major goal of the Light Rail project

Jaffa Road, from Mahane Yehuda Market to Safra Square and the walls of the Old City, has been transformed into a spectacular and spacious pedestrian mall (midrachov).

Only emergency vehicles and the Light Rail may operate in this are (during certain hours, trash collection vehicles and loading-unloading vehicles are also permitted). Thus, pedestrians
 may stroll here freely.

The planners of the transportation revolution in Jerusalem discovered that it would be impossible to integrate the Light Rail with the existing traffic arrangements at the entrance to the city, and required a completely separate route instead.
They considered building a tunnel, but rejected this option for several reasons: the Menachem Begin tunnel that already traversed the entrance to the city, the destruction another tunnel would cause to Jaffa Road and Sderot Herzl and the anticipated environmental damage.
Davidka Square, the largest urban square in Jerusalem, was planned jointly by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and Jerusalem architect Mendy Rosenfeld.

This square is on Jaffa Road, at the intersection of HaNevi'im and Kiach Road, and creates a meeting point between major traffic arteries, the Light Rail line and the pedestrian traffic.

IDF Square, planned by the acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, is a hub of pedestrian traffic and commercial and recreational activity.

The Square is a meeting point between the Old City (a historic tourism hub) and the downtown area (a modern tourism hub) and is traversed by pedestrians who walk between Safra Square, the Mamilla Mall and Jaffa Gate.

Jerusalem, like other cities around the globe, now encourages the use of an effective, healthy, inexpensive and environmentally friendly mode of transport – the bicycle.

In recent years new bicycle paths have been paved throughout Jerusalem, enabling residents to move freely around the city without the need for private cars, and to enjoy athletic training, recreational outings, or peaceful rides to their places of work.