World Car Free Day: Eco-Friendly Transport Trends
Today on September 22nd we celebrate World Car Free Day! This annual event is an opportunity to raise awareness about the negative aspects of our reliance on motor vehicles, and to ultimately help reduce emissions.
We all agree that cars are convenient and offer a number of benefits, but the truth is that they are also contributing to a dangerous amount of pollution. Cars are noisy, smelly, take up precious space, and can generally be really bad for our health. According the the World Health Organisation, more than 95% of the world’s population breathes dangerous air.
The main goal of World Car Free Day is to lower the number of cars on the streets. A day with less traffic congestion, a better environment, and less petroleum demand is beneficial to society. This day is arranged in different ways in many cities, to be a showcase of how our cities might look like, feel, and sound without so many cars.
We as a society can make small contributions on a daily basis to lower the number of cars on the roads, by using public transport and other forms of transport to get to work instead of driving.
Bikes are the new transport trend in Europe
The increased interest in cycling for urban transportation reflects the realization of the disadvantages of automobile-dependent transportation, including congestion, parking issues, air pollution and climate change. For this reason governments are becoming increasingly interested in making their urban surroundings more bicycle-friendly.
Buying an eco friendly mode of transport can be a big investment if you also add maintenance and repair costs. Today the market offers different options that balance saving and sustainability: monthly subscription and sharing services for bikes.
Swapfiets is a bicycle subscription founded by 3 students from TU DELF, which experienced fast growth in the north of Europe. For a fixed amount per month, you can get a Swapfiets bike including free standard service and repairs within 48 hours.
Many cities also provide shared vehicle services, for shared use by individuals for a short-term at low or zero cost. The programmes themselves consist of both docking and dock-less systems. Docking systems allow users to borrow their method of transport from a dock or a technology-enabled rack, and then return it after use at another rack or dock within the system. On the other hand, dockless vehicles, such as electic scooters or cars, are located and unlocked using a smartphone app that uses GPS to determine where the vehicles are located.
Celebrate World Car Free Day by biking, walking or taking public transport today!