World Car Free Day - September 22
Thu, Sep 22, 2022

World Car Free Day

World Car Free Day is a great reason to stop using a car, and many cities host themed events. The mission of the holiday is to show drivers and pedestrians what a world without cars can be like. Similar events have been held since 1973, when the oil crisis occurred in the world, but they were all unofficial and spontaneous. Only in the fall of 1994, at the International Conference on Affordable Means, an initiative was made to organize an official World Car Free Day.

History

The holiday began as an initiative of the Ecological Transport Association. Representatives of the organization announced World Car Free Day on the first Tuesday of Green Transport Week. In 2000, an independent car-free day was officially announced, in which many cities closed their central streets, squares for drivers, and instead opened for cyclists and pedestrians. The mission of the holiday is to motivate people to make the world cleaner, to make concrete efforts for this.

Interesting Facts

  • Today, more than 1500 cities around the world and 100 million people take part in the initiative, and some cities hold such events several times a year.
  • More than 1 billion cars have been recorded in the world, about 70 million cars are produced annually.
  • The main danger of cars is carbon pollution.
  • According to statistics, about 95% of the entire period of use of the car spends in the parking lot.

How to celebrate

Ditch the gasoline-powered car in favor of an electric car. It is more environmentally friendly and safer for nature. Reduce the time you spend driving. Take part in creating a safe environment without toxic emissions. Buying a bike is a great way to support the World Car Free Day initiative.

When is World Car Free Day of Fall in 2022?

World Car Free Day is observed on September 22 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday September 22 2022
Friday September 22 2023
Sunday September 22 2024
Monday September 22 2025
Tuesday September 22 2026

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