A graphic of a car in a prohibition sign with text adjacent that reads " World Car Free Day September 22nd"

World Car Free Day 2023

by Emily Maguire

Friday 22 September is World Car Free Day, a day that encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day and think about how they can use more sustainable transport for everyday journeys.

The day was brought to life by the World Car Free Network, a charity who aim to show the world what it would be like to be traffic-free for just one day.

The event highlights the numerous benefits of going car-free to citizens, including reduced air pollution and the promotion of walking and cycling in a safer environment, and serves to remind people of the incredible benefits of cycling and the positive effect it can have on our local communities, as well as health and wellbeing.

Car-free days are an opportunity for cities to highlight how congested roads can be used in different ways. From races for alternative-energy powered vehicles in Budapest, to horse-riding in São Paulo, to street picnics in Vienna, to running in Jakarta, cities and the people who live in them are stressing the alternatives to polluting vehicles on this important day.

This awareness day also offers workplaces the opportunity to promote cycling to staff, including cycle to work schemes that they may be a part of and enables organisations to highlight the steps they are taking to help reduce their carbon footprint.

You can find out more information about travelling without a car on the Getting Around in Knowsley web page here