European Mobility Week ends in “Car Free Day”2016-09-22
The European Mobility Week that began last Friday has reached its peak today. The “Car Free Day” is the final and most important event of this campaign. Today the whole population of the country is urged to forget their cars at least for a day and choose some other and more environmentally-friendly means of transport, including walking, cycling, public transport, etc.
This morning quite a number of employees of the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Transport and Communications did without a car indeed. The car parking places at the Ministry of Environment were blocked, and employees travelled to work in groups on foot, by bicycle, roller skates or public transport and even sailed along the Neris. It is estimated that almost 70 employees of the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Transport and Communications who participated in the campaign covered a total of 300 kilometres.
The Mobility Week is a traditional campaign in European cities held on 16-22 September each year. Its purpose is encouraging cities and municipalities to introduce and promote “green” means of transport and call on the population to use them, bring the negative impact of transport on the environment and human health to people’s attention and urge the population to preserve the cleanest possible air. In our country, 45 municipalities joined this campaign, which was twice more than last year. The municipalities held various events such as cyclist competitions, marches, outdoor workouts, etc. The most active municipalities this year were those of Jonava, Mažeikiai district, Palanga City, Telšiai district and Šiauliai City and district.
This year they focused on the young generation hoping that the campaigns held at kindergartens and schools would become traditional and encourage children to choose the “green” means of mobility since childhood.
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