World Carfree Day 2007 (Sept 22nd)

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Every September 22, people across the globe get together to swear off their cars – if only for one day – in a collective reminder that we don’t have to accept car-dominated societies, cities, or personal lives. Since its earliest incarnations in the 1970s and ‘80s, WORLD CARFREE DAY has grown into a massive global celebration of human-centric communities and people-powered transportation.

Carfree Day 2007 could turn out to be the biggest yet. For the first time, China’s government is hopping on board, with official events talking place in more than 100 cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. (Officials will reportedly be trading in their famed black sedans for public transportation.)

As the world tunes in to the fact that the climate is heating up, this is the perfect opportunity to take the heat off the planet, and put it on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of oil-hungry automobiles.

Check out the links below for global resources on going car-free, first on September 22, and then in your everyday life. Let World Carfree Day be a showcase for just how our cities might look, feel, and sound without cars – 365 days a year.

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8 Responses

  1. I participate in this event 365 days a year since I don’t own a car 🙂

  2. yeah that works in europe or jordan, but not in most american cities where public transportation is a disaster

  3. I ll be on night shift .. and then sleeping like a frog..:)

    if u look at it..from the other full half of the glass I ll be fully participating in this event by not doin a single activity:P

    hareega btw same here in gulf we have humidity and sun so no way jose..okay u people in canada europe dont polute we will ….

    no problem we are tiney people in the desert god forgives some times:P

  4. Wow.. shows you how uninformed I am, I have never heard of this.
    However, I am proud to say I will be partaking in this event this year because I have the day off and I am inviting friends over for iftar so I will not be leaving the house as I spend my morning sleeping and my afternoon cooking.
    So YES, I can survive without my car this Saturday.
    LOL, so NOT the point, I know. Sorry 😛

  5. Hani: I used to when I lived in Toronto to only take the subway, but now living in the suburbs I drive, but only to the train station and I take the train, so I am doing as much as I can do.

    But hey, good for you!

    Hareega: I agree with you Hareega, it’s tough when everything is so damn far because North American cities are so spread out.

    Tiger: LOL, yeah, the best action in this case is in-action.

    Tinker: To be honest with you, this is the first time i heard of it so I thought why not share 🙂 .

    Have fun at the Iftar 🙂 soooooo, watcha making?

  6. but today is a weekend day and I suppose less people are using their cars? it should be done on weekday, no?

  7. Nice theme 7aki! I got confused at first! Did I come to the right blog? LoL.

    I wish I could go car free in Dubai, but the city is human unfriendly to begin with

  8. Thanks KJ! Yeah I like to confuse people :-p

    LOL@human unfriendly

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