This weekend there will be many a good reason to ditch the car (or at least the combustion car) as a series of events strive to draw our attention to alternative modes on transport.
World Car-Free Day takes place this Saturday (as we’ve already mentioned this week-see story) and it is not just this event should inspire you to hide the car keys-it is also European Mobility Week (16-22 September) which culminates with a ‘In Town without my Car’ event this weekend. As part of the event, cities have to set aside at least one area just for the use of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport to encourage visitors to leave the car on the drive. In the UK, participating towns include Nottingham, Peterborough, Hackney and Bridgend.
The aim of the annual Mobility Week campaign, which has run through the same week every year since it was first launched in 2002, is to encourage European local authorities to introduce and promote sustainable transport measures and to invite their citizens to try out alternatives to car use.
Austria, Spain, Greece, Gibraltar, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, the UK and Belgium are some of the European countries which in one way or another have been taking part in the Mobility Week. In recent years, the campaign has spread beyond Europe to countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador.
More information on World Car-Free Day is available here: http://www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/. For more info on European Mobility Week visit: http://www.mobilityweek.eu/
Over in the US, they are also getting into the spirit of abandoning dirtier forms of transport with the second annual National Plug-in Day this Sunday (September 23). Thousands of people in some 60 cities across the country are expected to take part this year-more than double last year’s result-to celebrate plug-in vehicles. Events to highlight how plug-in cars offer a fun and clean alternative to traditional combustion cars include ride ‘n drives, rallies, tailgate parties, charging-infrastructure demos, EV-readiness awards, and more.
Lead by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association in collaboration with other local groups, cars available for ride-n-drives include the
Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Plug-in Prius, Ford Focus EV, Honda Fit EV, Fisker Karma, BMW ActiveE, Coda, Zero Motorcycles,Tesla Roadster and Toyota RAV4 EVs.
If you live in the States check out pluginday.org for information on what’s going on near you and how to get involved.