World Car Free Day was marked in Hamilton today with a series of breakfast pop-ups around the city, with active commuters thanked for getting around by bike, bus, scooter, or walking.
Hamilton City Council’s Mayor Andrew King, Cr Siggi Henry, Council staff and the Busit team had a great time thanking and handing out breakfast snacks to commuters on their way to work, school, study or just out for some exercise. The pop-ups were held outside the hospital, university, and in the city at the Transport Centre, Norris Ward Park and by Claudelands Bridge.
Held on 22 September each year, World Car Free Day is recognised in more than 40 countries and 1000 cities. People are encouraged to take up the challenge and get around without their car for the day.
The Council’s Active Travel Partnerships Coordinator Lucy Willard says today’s pop-ups were a positive way to catch people being active and thank them for using a sustainable mode of transport.
“Cutting down on the number of cars on the road is a win-win for all and better for our health, our city, the environment and helps reduce congestion.
“It was awesome to see so many Hamiltonians out and about this morning and choosing to get around without the car. Hamilton is a great city for this, and we hope more people make the most of the warmer weather to get out and about in a more active way.”