World Car Free Day - September 22
Sun, Sep 22, 2024

World Car Free Day

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, during an oil crisis, but they were all unofficial and spontaneous. It wasn’t until the fall of 1994, at the International Conference on Affordable Means, that 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 established, during which many cities closed their central streets to drivers and instead opened them for cyclists and pedestrians. The mission of the holiday is to motivate people to make the world cleaner through concrete efforts.

Interesting Facts

  • Today, more than 1,500 cities around the world and 100 million people take part in the initiative, with some cities holding such events several times a year.
  • More than one billion cars have been recorded globally, and 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 parked.

How to Take Part

Ditch your gasoline-powered car in favor of an electric one, which is more environmentally friendly. Reduce the time you spend driving and participate 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 in 2024?

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


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday September 22 2024
Monday September 22 2025
Tuesday September 22 2026
Wednesday September 22 2027
Friday September 22 2028
Saturday September 22 2029