Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

Colombo first ever car-free day on July 14

Colombo, July 6 (BAN/ AD): July 14 will be observed as first car free day. The Colombo Municipal Council with partnership of The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is planning car free day.

Sunday July 14 will be observed as ‘CarFreeCMB’ from 6am to 12noon. The Public has been requested to join in on foot, bicycle, skateboard or anything, as long as it’s not motored. Public will be encouraged to explore, exercise and play on their streets. The initiative aims to reduce the public’s dependence on motor vehicles while promoting a healthier and more sustainable urban lifestyle.

Clear signage will direct Sunday morning motorists to alternative routes including Dharmapala Mawatha, Horton Place, CWW Kannangara Mawatha, Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha and Bauddhaloka Mawatha. However, arrangements have been made for bus routes to function as usual, say the organizers.

Rosy Senanayake, Mayor of Colombo says “On Sunday morning we’ll be rerouting traffic away from selected roads, so we can open them up for the people of this city. I encourage everyone to come and enjoy their Sunday morning- there will be activities for adults and kids as well as healthy food and drink stalls.”

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