27 July 2019
World Car Free Day is taking place on Sunday 22 September, and the Green Party in the East Midlands is campaigning for events to take place across the region.
The event is designed to encourage people to use alternative forms of transport and to allow them to see how their city or town centres would function with fewer cars. The East Midlands has many town centres with Air Pollution issues, and one of the ways to help improve air quality is to have fewer cars on the road.
Steve Miller, Campaigns Officer for the East Midlands Green Party said “Towns and cities across Europe have regular car free days, often in response to specific pollution events. We think a global event like this is a great way for Councils to start to respond to the Climate Emergency and to help encourage more active forms of travel.”
Cllr Laurie Needham from the Charnwood Green Party said “The health effects of car free days are unquestionable, and we all know that our town centres would be more pleasant places with less traffic. We’re calling on Councils across the East Midlands to grasp the initiative here and take that important first step on 22nd September.”