Why? Because today happens to be the World Car-Free Day.
Masood and I are provided with pick and drop service for work, and given the distance from our home to the office, walking is not an option. We don’t own a bicycle, and even if we did, we can’t pedal all the way to Dubai Internet City when the temperature outside is 40 C (our muscles won’t make it even if it’s 10 C anyway). The public bus isn’t an option either. We have to be at the office at 10 am, not 10 pm.
Perhaps everyone else here in the U.A.E. shared similar thoughts. Today, traffic was specially worse.
Also, I didn’t know it was World Car-Free Day today. At least not until now, when I’ve returned home and finally had time to check the papers.
According to the World Carfree Network:
“Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don’t have to accept our car-dominated society.
But we do not want just one day of celebration and then a return to “normal” life. When people get out of their cars, they should stay out of their cars. It is up to us, it is up to our cities, and our governments to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars.
Let World Carfree Day be a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars…365 days a year.
As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put it on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile.”
It’s a good cause, I shall say.
But, did you know about it?