On Friday, 22 September 2017, cities around the globe will be celebrating World Car-Free Day - a day to showcase how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars.
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World Car-Free Day began as an open call for a grassroots celebration of cities without cars. The date, 22 September, was chosen to coincide with the EU-sponsored European Mobility Week, but the organisation says its hope is to involve people at all levels of society and from all over the world.
With climate change on everyone's minds, the World Car-Free Network invites organisations and individuals around the globe to organise events to showcase alternatives to the automobile and, at the same time, nudge city planners and municipalities to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport.
Sunday 1 October 2017 will see Cape Town's CBD, Woodstock, Salt River, and Observatory become car free for the day. Open Streets will be reserving a section of the M4 for people, not cars...
8 Aug 2017
Car-free days were organised as early as during the oil crisis of the 1970s, and several car-free days were organised in European cities during the early 1990s. An international car-free day was organised in Europe in 1999, which was the pilot project for the European Union's "In Town Without My Car" campaign. This campaign continues as European Mobility Week.
It seems many countries, cities, and individuals are on board and ready to take on the challenge for the sake of our planet:
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