World Car-Free Day Commemorated in Style

World Car-Free day is being marked in the most colorful manner, with everyone dumping their cars for their legs and bicycles. People could be seen on the street making their ways to their different locations. The idea seems welcomed by all and sundry.  Cities across the world participated in marking the World Car-Free day.

Multitudes could be seen on the streets of Istanbul, Detroit, Paris Bogotá and others in commemoration of the day.  This is the exact picture painted each year when the day is being marked. Truth of the matter is that it is gaining more popularity as it is celebrated each year.

Truth of the matter is this commemoration has lots of benefits. It is clearly a means to bringing about reliable turn around in the health and wellness of participants. For one, many of those participating in this program rarely have time to visit the gym or even exercise regularly.

This commemoration gives them opportunity to participate in what they have been missing out of. Yes, it will improve on health and wellness.  Air pollution is yet another thing that calls for correction and commemoration of this day helps to curtail air pollution and contributes in its own little way to curtailing green house effect.

On the street of Paris for example, cyclists could be seen wearing bibs reading “Paris Without Cars” as they ride along banks of the river Seine.  Detroit went a step further by closing its eight-lane Michigan Avenue to vehicular movement during this September 25 commemoration.

Instead of riding in cars and buses, residents of Detroit were seen walking on the street or riding on their bicycles.  It looked great to see the street being temporarily free of traffic.

A man jogs across Place de la Concorde in Paris during the second annual Journée Sans Voiture on 25 September, for which 400 miles of the city’s streets were temporarily closed to mark World Car-Free Day Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA
A man jogs across Place de la Concorde in Paris during the second annual Journée Sans Voiture on 25 September, for which 400 miles of the city’s streets were temporarily closed to mark World Car-Free Day
Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA
Pedestrians take to the street on the Champs-Élysées, free of its usual traffic Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA
Pedestrians take to the street on the Champs-Élysées, free of its usual traffic
Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA
Cyclists wearing bibs that read ‘Paris without cars’ ride along the banks of the river Seine Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images
Cyclists wearing bibs that read ‘Paris without cars’ ride along the banks of the river Seine
Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images
A woman rides her bicycle on the Champs-Élysées in Paris Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP
A woman rides her bicycle on the Champs-Élysées in Paris
Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP
Detroit closed eight-lane Michigan Avenue to cars during its first ever Open Streets event on 25 September Photograph: Nick van Mead
Detroit closed eight-lane Michigan Avenue to cars during its first ever Open Streets event on 25 September
Photograph: Nick van Mead
 Detroit residents cycle and walk on the city’s temporarily traffic-free streets Photograph: Nick van Mead

Detroit residents cycle and walk on the city’s temporarily traffic-free streets
Photograph: Nick van Mead
Turkish women ride their bikes during a parade to celebrate World Car-Free Day in Istanbul Photograph: Deniz Toprak/EPA
Turkish women ride their bikes during a parade to celebrate World Car-Free Day in Istanbul
Photograph: Deniz Toprak/EPA
For the past three years, the day has also been a chance for female cyclists in Turkey to dress up and show their support for a variety of issues Photograph: Deniz Toprak/EPA
For the past three years, the day has also been a chance for female cyclists in Turkey to dress up and show their support for a variety of issues
Photograph: Deniz Toprak/EPA
Belarusians participate in a cycle rally during a Car Free Day in Minsk on 22 September, the official World Car-Free Day Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP
Belarusians participate in a cycle rally during a Car Free Day in Minsk on 22 September, the official World Car-Free Day
Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP
Cyclists on Calle de Alcalá, Madrid’s longest street, which was made free of cars on one side as part of European Mobility Week Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters
Cyclists on Calle de Alcalá, Madrid’s longest street, which was made free of cars on one side as part of European Mobility Week
Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters
King Philippe of Belgium and princes Emmanuel and Gabriel during car-free Sunday in Brussels on 18 September Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters
King Philippe of Belgium and princes Emmanuel and Gabriel during car-free Sunday in Brussels on 18 September
Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters
Cyclists enjoy the freedom of a main boulevard during the car-free day in Brussels Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP
Cyclists enjoy the freedom of a main boulevard during the car-free day in Brussels
Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

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