CMC and Netherlands Embassy come together to launch a car-free day in Colombo

5 July 2019 - 1382   - 2

The Colombo Municipal Council is partnering with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka to pilot Colombo's first car-free day.

'CarFreeCMB' will take place on Sunday, July 14 from 6 am to 12 noon. The public is invited to join in by foot, bicycle, skateboard - or by any other means which is not motored, organisers said in a statement. The initiative aims to reduce the public's dependence on motor vehicles while promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Colombo city will open the following streets exclusively to pedestrians and cyclists to facilitate this experience.

Accordingly, the roads will include Green Path up to the Public Library roundabout, part of the Dr. C.W.W. Kannangara Mawatha, Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, and Bauddhaloka Mawatha. However, arrangements will be made for bus routes to function as usual.

"Us Dutch  are very well known for embracing cycling as the preferred method of transport in our cities and we are seeing the results in our national figures for health and contentment and in reduced rates for road accidents as well," Netherlands Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Joanne  Doornewaard, was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the organisers.

"They can enjoy clean air and we'll have many fun activities and no plastic on this day. I'm really looking forward to enjoying the beauty of these areas in Colombo, car-free, " Ms. Doornewaard said in the statement.


  Comments - 2

  • Citizen Friday, 5 July 2019 07:19 PM

    Like to see Mayor Rosie on a push bike

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    Ranjan Tuesday, 9 July 2019 12:51 PM

    Is the Netherlands Embassy giving Bikes free...? The local prices are pretty exorbitant for a good bike.

    Reply : 0       0

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