Today is Car-Free Day2015-09-22
Today, on 22 September, almost one and a half thousand cities in Europe and worldwide, including 21 Lithuanian municipalities, are celebrating the Car-Free Day. On this occasion, tributes have been paid to the most active employees in the Ministry.
The Car-Free Day is the most important milestone marking the end of the traditional European Mobility Week, which started on 16 September. This is a symbolic invitation to the city’s residents to forget their cars and choose environmentally-friendly modes of transport such as walking, cycling or public transport at least on this single day.
With a view to promote an active way of life, Minister of Environment Kęstutis Trečiokas has congratulated the most mobile employees of the Ministry of Environment who travel to work without cars. Some of them travel a distance of several kilometres to work on foot, others prefer cycling, and the rest of them use public transport to cover several dozen kilometres on a daily basis. According to the Minister, we should make every effort to constantly increase this group of mobile people. “When preparing to go to the supermarket, the park or elsewhere, we should ask ourselves whether a car is really needed. Perhaps we will have more fun walking, observing the nature and seeing the beautiful surroundings? Then we will not have to waste our time in traffic jams or searching for a parking place”, the Minister invited everyone to think about alternatives to cars.
Yesterday the Minister of Environment also gave gifts to the residents and guests of the capitals who tend to choose various alternatives to cards.
“Every initiative starts from ourselves first. If we want to breathe cleaner air and have more beautiful natural surroundings, we have to be more mobile and use cars less. The symbolic gifts which are very appropriate for autumn – raincoats in colourful bubbles – represent our encouragement to choose environmentally-friendly modes of transport and not to get wet in the rain”, said Kęstutis Trečiokas, Minister of Environment.
Public Information Division
22 September 2015