The Government of Kenya recently announced plans to have a car free day in Nairobi Central Business District. The announcement led to a huge public outcry and its eventual postponement. The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) also went ahead to sue the Transport ministry, the Nairobi County government and the Attorney-General. The LSK argued that the decision … Continue reading Can Everyday a be a ‘Car Free Day?’
Car Free Days, also known as Open Streets, Ciclovia, Sunday Streets or Make Sundays Special, provide opportunities to re-invent cities as people centric environments. Kampala held a Car Free Day in January 2019 along Luwum Street in the City Centre. It attracted several people who participated in activities including cycling, aerobics and touch rugby. Participants … Continue reading Car Free Days: Where do they happen? What is their impact?
A Car Free Day is more than just closing a street and saying ‘No Cars Here Today.’ There has to be proper planning behind it with clear objectives. These may vary depending on the extent and frequency that the organizers want to hold the Car Free Day. Objectives mainly cover goals such as social integration, … Continue reading What is behind the making of a ‘Car Free Day’?
What is a Car Free Day? ‘Car Free Days,’ in some places called Open Streets Days or Streets For All are regular initiatives or engagements where cities restrict access of motorized traffic on selected streets for a certain period of time. This was first done in Bogota in 1974 where it is known as Ciclovia. … Continue reading ‘Car Free Day:’ Celebrating the Street as a Public Space
Vehicles have dictated the direction urban planning has taken in many cities for over fifty years. Its only recently that cities are realizing that we cannot continue choking ourselves and planning everything around cars. Congestion, Pollution, Selfishness, Safety and non compliance to basic rules are some of the challenges cities face with personal vehicles. These … Continue reading icmiist: Do we plan our Cities too much for Cars?