World Car Free Day is a great reason to stop using your 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 there was an oil crisis, 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.
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 to drivers, and instead opened for cyclists and pedestrians. The mission of the holiday is to motivate people to make the world cleaner through concrete efforts.
- 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 one 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, the average car spends about 95% of its lifetime in the parking lot.
How to take part
Ditch your gasoline-powered car in favor of an electric one. It is more environmentally friendly. 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 2023?
World Car Free Day is observed on September 22 each year.