Tuesday, September 20, 2011

São Paulo will participate of the World Car-Free Day for the 6th consecutive year on September 22nd

Sao Paulo World Car Free Day 2010 [photo: kenjikatahira]
World Car Free Day
The event encourages motorists to give up their cars for one day. This event happens every year on the same day.

Last year 2,221 cities joined the initiative. However, in 2011 the number of cities subscribed dropped to 2,017. In other words, 9% fewer cities are involved.

The CET (Traffic Engineering Company) won't organize any change regarding the traffic flow during the Car Free Day. Last year, the 9/22 did not affect the population. The level of traffic was the same a on an average day.

The only change will be offered by SPTrans (the government company responsible for public transportation). The group promises to increase the number of buses during rush hours in an attempt to help with the efforts.

What will happen in Sao Paulo
A series of free activities are planned for this event. Check out:
September 22nd (Thursday):
from 7:30am till 10am, the Associação Ciclocidade will offer a collective breakfast at Praça do Ciclista for those who arrive riding a bicycle.
At 7pm at the Campo do Astro, the film "O Caminho das Nuvens" (2003) by Vicente Amorim will be shown.

September 23rd and 24th (Friday and Saturday): the Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) will show short films about transportation and the environment. Among them is "Entre Rios" by Caio Ferraz Silva,which tells the story of São Paulo and the city's waterways.

September 25th (Sunday): there will be a bicycle exchange fair at Espaço Urucum.

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