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One Scrap of Fleece

Little things, like a handful of fleece, can make a big difference. In Chicago, bicycle activists from Break the Gridlock helped fair weather cyclists stay in the saddle year round with simple gifts of homemade head gear. Ten years ago, Bike Winter emerged from Chicago’s Critical Mass community as a way to encourage people to […]

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Defending Pedestrians

This February, 23 activists from Green Action and the Right to the City initiative in Zagreb, Croatia were arrested. The raid took place just hours after around 4000 people had turned out to protest against turning part of the pedestrian zone into a ramp for an underground garage. The operation aimed to remove the accommodation […]

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Cycle Rally Dhaka

The Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) and Work for a Better Bangladesh (WBB) Trust organised a bicycle rally in Dhaka on December 26, 2009 to call for ensuring a bicycle-friendly environment in the city in order to make it both lively and liveable. Speakers at the rally called on the government to reduce the high tax […]

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WCD: Prague

World Carfree Network in Prague celebrated WCD twice this year. First during Prague Bike Ride on September 20, organised by our network’s member organisation Auto*Mat. The bike ride was complemented by a street festival and was the biggest in Czech history (5,000 participants) with the longest route ever (13,5km). WCN and Carbusters were presented by […]

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WCD: Vienna

For the third year in a row, IG Fahrrad organised a public event on one of the busiest roads in Vienna’s town centre. The “Ringstrasse” or “Ring” road encircles the Old Town with four lanes for cars and two tram-lines, while pedestrians and cyclists have to share a small alleyway. On WCD IG Fahrrad, along […]

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WCD: Hanoi

As Vietnam’s economy booms, motorised transport continues to grow, as does the poor air quality in cities. Facing this choking evolution, the Green Transport campaign was born to promote daily use of sustainable transportation in Hanoi. It started with a Green Transport Day in May 2008 which had nearly 3,600 participants. Building on this success, […]

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WCD: Munich

Munich’s first WCD in 2000 was organised by Green City who presented the Streetlife Festival, a big carfree street party on one of city’s main boulevards. The second Streetlife Festival took place in September this year and again received a huge attendance, with more than 150,000 visitors. People enjoyed live music, food and, most importantly, […]

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WCD: Curitiba

Curitiba had a fast paced, but carfree September. The Brazilian city started out on the right foot, with a Commuter’s Challenge. This year’s edition of the multimodal race included a helicopter and a car, but the bicycle once again came out the fastest, cheapest and cleanest. The Federal University hosted a week-long seminar for participants […]

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WCD: Irpin

This year World Carfree Day (WCD) was a success in the Ukraine. More people on city streets found out about the carfree movement for the first time. The city of Irpin had its main street closed to cars and the main square was alive with music and informative speeches. Local officials were active in preparations. […]

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WCD: Mumbai

Over 100 citizens participated in a “cycle rally” organised by the Young Environmentalists on the first ever WCD in Mumbai, India. Over 300 other people came to join in the action with the flyers: Come Fight Climate Change. It was a roaring success. According to Elsie Gabriel, the founder of Young Environmentalists: “We are doing […]