Home Forums Ongoing Developments in Africa AFRICAN COUNTRIES PRACTICING CAR FREE DAYS.

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    Victory Amah

      World car free is slated for the 22nd of November, however, most countries have not really adopted it.

      Car free day is a day citizens use non-motorized transportation systems; they either cycle, jog or stroll. This has so many benefits to the environment; it makes an effort in preserving the ecosystem and curtailing environmental pollution.  It is also an opportunity to promote healthy living through collective exercise.

      Some African countries have adopted a monthly car free day. Different countries adopt this initiative for different reasons; in Uganda the theme is “I am the solution to pollution and traffic in my city”. Although many parts in the city remain open to cars on car free days, several major roads are closed down for cars. Ultimately, traffic on this day is usually lower compared to other days. It was launched by the government to encourage non-motorized transportation.

      In Ethiopia, hundreds of citizens get up at dawn to jog and cycle in the capital’s center. It is not unusual to see runners as early as 4:00 am on car free days.

      In Rwanda, this started as a monthly event in 2016 as a city of Kigali initiative but a year later, it was made fortnightly on the recommendation of President Paul Kagame after he attended one of the events in 2017.

      Twice a month children and adults wear their sporting gear to run, stroll, cycle, exercise in areas in Kigali designated for the sporting event.

      Even though it was halted in Kigali for 20 months due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, on the 20th of September, 2022 it was resumed.

      This is a good starting point to solve the cities’ pollution problems while having fun. It also contributes to the bonding of the citizens.

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