City bans new drive-thrus to help the environment

The leaders of one Minnesota city are putting on the brakes when it comes to new drive-thrus in their community.

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a measure last week that bans any new drive-thrus from being built in the city, KMSP reported.

Council members said it will cut down on exhaust from vehicles as they idle as drivers wait for food, which will help the environment.

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The measure will also limit parking lot sizes and improve pedestrian safety.

But not everyone is happy with the change.

Disabled drivers said that drive-thrus allow them to get food and medication, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Existing drive-thrus, as well as applications that were submitted before the law was passed, will not be affected by the new ordinance, according to MPR.

The new law is part of an effort called Minneapolis 2040 that will also start doing away with gas stations in the city and mandatory parking regulations, CNET reported.

City leaders hope to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 through these measures, CNET reported.

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