Today, September 22, Monday is World Car-Free Day. Ever heard of that?
Not on this side of the world. I’ve never heard of such day and it’s not like anything different is going to happen even if people were aware that today is World Car-Free Day. This is Dubai, the city with inefficient, insufficient public transport that could not survive a day without the use of private vehicles.
Today is another typical day here in the Emirates:
Photo from Gulf News.
World Car-Free day is celebrated on September 22 every year (who knew? You knew?), aims to show people what cities would look, feel and sound like without cars. But today, the roads in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi remain gridlocked because the authorities and residents have shown no desire to participate in the event.The serious lack of public transport is one, another reason is, it is too hot to walk or even stand outside.
(We are still having 38C temps here, who would want to walk to work with that).
Did you know about this day? and did you/your city participate in the event?