Car-free day in Sevilla, Spain – Velo-City 2011

Car-free day in Sevilla, Spain – Velo-City 2011

“CICLOVIDA – or car-free days – originated in cities in Latin America to temporarily open a city’s streets to its inhabitants, so that they can make the most of a safe place for recreation, to enjoy public spaces, to promote peaceful co-existence, respect, social cohesion and environmental awareness, and to help citizens to acquire healthy habits, to improve air quality and to reduce noise in cities.”

And so, on Sunday 25 March, my colleagues from various African bicycle NGOs and I trundled off, with our rental bikes, along the cobbles of Sevilla to find the road closures. And it wasn’t as simple as it sounds – the streets in central Sevilla are so bicycle and pedestrian friendly, and so traffic-free already, that if it weren’t for the big sign that proclaimed the Ciclovida, we might have missed it:-)

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