Given that tomorrow, September 22, is World Carfree Day, we thought we’d share a bit of the most exciting events happening around the world. You can find a full list of events on the World Carfree wiki page. For a history of World Carfree Day, visit the World Streets Blog.
Some highlights by location:
- Austria: Seven cities will compete to see which type of transportation – bike, mass transit, car, bus – is fastest in each city.
- Sofia, Bulgaria: Part of the city, including a heavy-traffic boulevard, will be open for only pedestrians and cyclists. Minister of Environment and Water Nona Karadjova will lead a bike parade. The city will also hold bike workshops, a training that takes place in a “road-safety playground” with road signs and a cycling demonstration for children.
- Shanghai, China: In an improvement from last year, seven square blocks around the Shanghai World Expo will be closed to car traffic.
- Curitiba, Brazil: Will host a “tweed ride.”
- Chicago, U.S.A: Events include bike rodeos, rallies and a meeting of bikers who have been hit will bicycling.
- Adelaide, Australia: Cyclists are organizing a leisurely group ride through the city.