Cities Plan To 'Go Without Cars' To End Pollution & Promote Activity
Can you imagine walking or biking everywhere you had to go? Well, one day in September, anyone living in or visiting Paris will have to.
The city will hold the Day Without Cars to promote exercise, less pollution and less traffic congestion. People will have a chance to experience the beautiful city without any motorized traffic.
"Our city has to establish an exemplary signal responding to global issues. But it also has to respond to local issues after record peaks of pollution and climate challenges that are more than ever at the heart of everyday life. The car-free day, by its magnitude, will also leave a lasting mark on the collective imagination: Everyone can project a city more livable, adopt sustainable behaviors, particularly in terms of mobility and the sharing of public spaces," said the non-profit environmental group Paris Sans Voiture.
On September 27th the streets with be free of cars and other motorized vehicles so that they people of the city can enjoy the physical and auditory landscape. Not only that, but it will help reduce climate and noise pollution.
Paris is taking after some other cities who already put plans into effect for a full time no-car policy. China has plans for a car-free city built from scratch. In Abu Dhabi, a car-free, self-sufficient city is also in the works. Hamburg has firmly committed to a 20-year plan to eliminate cars.
I think they are onto something here...