History Lessons: The Big Car Ban

For over 40 years, U-M students had little choice in the decision of whether to bring a car to campus.
By Gregory Lucas-Myers, ’10

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All photos courtesy of the U-M Bentley Historical Library except where noted.
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U-M students can easily avoid the hassle and cost of having a car on campus by taking advantage of the University’s pedestrian-friendly environment and public transportation options. Yet some students like the convenience and freedom of having a car on campus.

For over 40 years, however, U-M students had little choice in the matter. Michigan Alumnus put together this historical gallery exploring cars on campus and the student automobile ban.


Gregory Lucas-Myers, ’10, is assistant editor of Michigan Alumnus.

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