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WORLD CAR-FREE DAY

When is World Car-Free Day in 2021?

World Car-Free Day in 2021 is on the Wednesday, 22nd of Sep (9/22/2021).

World Car-Free Day is on the 265rd day of 2021. There are 100 days left in the year.

World Car-Free Day Facts

  • Date: Sep 22, 2021
  • International
  • Also Called: World Car-Free Day
  • Celebrations: Grab the bicycle and head to work
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Over the last 21 years, the world car-free day has traditionally been celebrated annually on the 22nd of September. The organizers choose a particular theme each year primarily aimed at awareness creation on the numerous benefits of cycling, carpooling or even walking to work. Motorists are urged not to drive their cars for a day.

Cities across the globe hold organized and varying car-free day activities. These include people leaving their cars at home and instead opting to walk or cycle to run different errands. The primary aim of this is to change people’s perception of private car use and reduce noise and motor vehicle air pollution.

What are the Objectives of World Car-Free Day?

The primary objective of the world car-free day is to raise awareness on the importance of embracing alternative means of travel other than dependence on private cars. The principal focus of the campaign is environmental conservation and the reduction of noise and air pollution in our cities.

On this day, city planners and the local authorities get a perfect opportunity to present ideas on alternative modes of transport to the public. This day offers us an ideal platform to either pledge support or even suggest ways of improving the ideas presented. The overall aim of this car-free campaign is to come up with a policy that can reduce traffic jam, pollution, and grant clean air to every city.

World Car-Free Day History

The first world car-free day was observed in the year 2000. The Environmental Transport Association established the World Car Free Day but the initial observance day was the first Tuesday in the second half of June. The holiday was later designated as a self-standing day to be celebrated on September 22nd. In a bid to tackle deadly pollution, car-free days the UK has been increased especially in London.

Today world car-free day is observed in many countries to improve the pedestrian spirit, mass transit, public transit, use of bicycles and walking.

How to Celebrate World Car-Free Day

Take the initiative to reduce planet pollution today. Leave your car at home and instead, grab the bicycle and head to work. If you intend to go shopping, take a walk or use public transport instead. However, be sure to make this a regular affair and not a one-day thing.

Additionally, take this chance to educate others about the car-free day initiative. There is a high chance that many people in your locality have never heard nor celebrated the car-free day. Take this opportunity to educate your neighbors, family members and friends and highlight to them the importance of the car-free day.

If your town is organizing car-free events, add value to this day by volunteering and participating in the organized activities. By being part of these celebrations, you will get a chance to make new friends, expand your social or business networks and most importantly, remain physically fit after indulging in the various activities.

Why Celebrate World Car-Free Day?

Research has shown that motor vehicles account for the highest amount of gas emissions into the atmosphere. When we use public transport and leave our cars at home, the number of cars on the roads is reduced and so is pollution. This also reduces traffic jam and road pack hence making commuting easy and convenient for everyone.

When we use bicycles or walk to our destinations, we get a chance to enjoy nature. Personal vehicles contribute to noise pollution giving us no opportunity to hear voices of birds and other animals. So, a car-free day means that you get to enjoy the scenic views and everything else mother nature has to offer.

Most importantly, the world car-free day gives us a chance to save money for car fuel and maintenance costs. Moreover, you get to have peace of mind and no tension or stress especially if your car tends to break down regularly.

Indeed, the above car-free day advantages should motivate us to take a break from our cars from time to time.

World Car-Free Day Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Tue
  • Sep 22, 2015
  • Thu
  • Sep 22, 2016
  • Fri
  • Sep 22, 2017
  • Sat
  • Sep 22, 2018
  • Sun
  • Sep 22, 2019
  • Tue
  • Sep 22, 2020

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2020

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
WednesdayWedJan 01, 2020Jan 01Global Family Day
SaturdaySatJan 04, 2020Jan 04World Braille Day
SaturdaySatJan 11, 2020Jan 11International Thank-You Day
ThursdayThuJan 30, 2020Jan 30World Leprosy Day
WednesdayWedFeb 12, 2020Feb 12Darwin Day
FridayFriFeb 21, 2020Feb 21International Mother Language Day
SaturdaySatFeb 22, 2020Feb 22World Thinking Day
SundaySunMar 01, 2020Mar 01International Day of the Seal
SundaySunMar 08, 2020Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 20, 2020Mar 20World Frog Day
SaturdaySatMar 21, 2020Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
SundaySunMar 22, 2020Mar 22World Water Day
MondayMonMar 23, 2020Mar 23World Meteorological Day
TuesdayTueMar 24, 2020Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 28, 2020Mar 28Earth Hour
ThursdayThuApr 02, 2020Apr 02International Children's Book Day
TuesdayTueApr 07, 2020Apr 07World Health Day
SundaySunApr 12, 2020Apr 12Yuri's Night
ThursdayThuApr 16, 2020Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
TuesdayTueApr 21, 2020Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
WednesdayWedApr 22, 2020Apr 22Earth Day
ThursdayThuApr 23, 2020Apr 23World Book Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Penguin Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunMay 03, 2020May 03World Press Freedom Day
TuesdayTueMay 05, 2020May 05International Midwives Day
FridayFriMay 08, 2020May 08World Red Cross Day
SundaySunMay 10, 2020May 10World Lupus Day
TuesdayTueMay 12, 2020May 12International Nurses Day
WednesdayWedMay 13, 2020May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
FridayFriMay 15, 2020May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 18, 2020May 18International Museum Day
ThursdayThuMay 21, 2020May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
FridayFriMay 22, 2020May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 23, 2020May 23World Turtle Day
SundaySunMay 24, 2020May 24World Schizophrenia Day
MondayMonMay 25, 2020May 25Towel Day
SundaySunMay 31, 2020May 31World No-Tobacco Day
WednesdayWedJun 03, 2020Jun 03World Bicycle Day
FridayFriJun 05, 2020Jun 05World Environment Day
MondayMonJun 08, 2020Jun 08World Ocean Day
SundaySunJun 14, 2020Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
TuesdayTueJun 16, 2020Jun 16International Day of the African Child
WednesdayWedJun 17, 2020Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SaturdaySatJun 20, 2020Jun 20World Refugee Day
SundaySunJun 21, 2020Jun 21International Yoga Day
FridayFriJun 26, 2020Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SaturdaySatJul 11, 2020Jul 11World Population Day
ThursdayThuJul 16, 2020Jul 16World Snake Day
TuesdayTueJul 28, 2020Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
ThursdayThuJul 30, 2020Jul 30International Friendship Day
SaturdaySatAug 08, 2020Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
SundaySunAug 09, 2020Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
MondayMonAug 10, 2020Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
WednesdayWedAug 12, 2020Aug 12International Youth Day
ThursdayThuAug 13, 2020Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
FridayFriAug 14, 2020Aug 14World Lizard Day
SundaySunAug 23, 2020Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
TuesdayTueSep 08, 2020Sep 08International Literacy Day
SundaySunSep 13, 2020Sep 13International Chocolate Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15Software Freedom Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15International Day of Democracy
WednesdayWedSep 16, 2020Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
SaturdaySatSep 19, 2020Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
MondayMonSep 21, 2020Sep 21World Gratitude Day
TuesdayTueSep 22, 2020Sep 22World Car-Free Day
TuesdayTueSep 29, 2020Sep 29Inventors Day
ThursdayThuOct 01, 2020Oct 01International Music Day
FridayFriOct 02, 2020Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
SaturdaySatOct 03, 2020Oct 03World Temperance Day
SundaySunOct 04, 2020Oct 04World Animal Day
MondayMonOct 05, 2020Oct 05World Teacher's Day
SaturdaySatOct 10, 2020Oct 10World Mental Health Day
FridayFriOct 16, 2020Oct 16World Food Day
SaturdaySatOct 17, 2020Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
SaturdaySatOct 24, 2020Oct 24United Nations Day
ThursdayThuOct 29, 2020Oct 29International Internet Day
SundaySunNov 08, 2020Nov 08World Town Planning Day
SaturdaySatNov 14, 2020Nov 14World Diabetes Day
MondayMonNov 16, 2020Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
ThursdayThuNov 19, 2020Nov 19World Toilet Day
SaturdaySatNov 21, 2020Nov 21World Television Day
WednesdayWedNov 25, 2020Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
MondayMonNov 30, 2020Nov 30International Computer Security Day
TuesdayTueDec 01, 2020Dec 01World Aids Day
WednesdayWedDec 02, 2020Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
SaturdaySatDec 05, 2020Dec 05International Volunteers Day
MondayMonDec 07, 2020Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
ThursdayThuDec 10, 2020Dec 10Human Rights Day