The World Car Free Day is going almost unnoticed in the Australia, though is developing momentum in Europe. With roots from the time of the 1970’s oil crisis, it become formalised in the years 2000 and is now an annual taking place each year on September 22.
The World Car Free Day is presented as a celebration and signal for the environment, city planners and politicians to give priority to cyclists, walkers and public transport. Internationally various events are organised on a community level. Australia has two single events, one in Fitzroy, Melbourne (sustainable transport) and one in Hamersley, Western Australia, (Walking SChool Bus). New Zealand is a step ahead with six events, two of which are cycling related.
Further information and details on world wide activities is available from www.worldcarfree.net