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World Carfree Day: Give your car the day off.

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Thursday 22nd September is World Carfree Day and Manchester Friends of the Earth is inviting people in Greater Manchester to give their car the day off and try alternative ways of travelling to work [1].
The group is asking people to share comments and photos of their car-free journeys via Twitter using the hash tag #mcrcarfreeday.

Reducing traffic in urban areas reduces air pollution and allows communities to experience calmer, safer environments, helping to make walking and cycling more attractive options for getting to work.

As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put it on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile.

Graeme Sherriff, Manchester Friends of the Earth Transport Campaign Co-ordinator said:

“We hope that as many people as possible will support World Carfree Day and find healthy, environmentally-friendly ways of getting to work. Local authorities must also do more by supporting public transport and investing in facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.”

ENDS

CONTACTS FOR COMMENTS

Graeme Sherriff, Manchester Friends of the Earth, Mobile 07948 405071
Pete Abel, Manchester Friends of the Earth. Mobile: 07951 642858

Notes to Editors:
[1] See www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/index.php

[2] Manchester Friends of the Earth is an award-winning environmental campaign group, raising awareness and lobbying for policy changes at a local, regional, national and international level. The group consists entirely of volunteers, and its campaigns are funded by membership fees and individual donations.  Up-to-date information is available on the group’s website: www.manchesterfoe.org.uk. Manchester Friends of the Earth is a Licensed Local Group of Friends of the Earth, England,
Wales and Northern Ireland.

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