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#SMWLA June 6-10, 2016

Did You Know There Is A World Car Free Day?

Did You Know There Is A World Car Free Day?


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Los Angeles currently has somewhere north of 6 million registered automobiles. On Sunday, September 22, we’re giving them a break.

santa-monica-car-freeIn celebration of World Car Free Day, Social Media Week Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board – in collaboration with the Santa Monica and Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureaus – have organized a vehicle-free itinerary that will take participants on a budget-friendly trip to several recognizable and off-the-beaten-path locales with plenty of photo opps. It’s the next iteration of a fossil-fuel-emission-free tradition that was started a couple decades in the past.

Stemming from its origins in Amsterdam in the mid-1990s, World Car Free Day has grown to be practiced by hundreds of metropolitan areas and municipalities around the globe. As the website states, “Every year on or around 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.” Or at least be just a little less reliant on gas-powered vehicles.

Honk if you’re to brake for World Car Free Day and be sure to sign up to join in on the human-powered day of sights here.

Photo by Tom Baker.