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Rabat to Participate in World Car Free Day on September 22

The Moroccan NGO “Youth of the 21st Century,” based in Rabat, is preparing for the upcoming Car Free Day in Rabat, on Sunday, September 22.

Rabat – The 2019 World Car Free Day will take place on Sunday, September 22. In Morocco’s capital, Rabat, the NGO “Youth of the 21st Century” is launching a campaign to hold the city’s own Car Free Day. 

The NGO, created by a group of young adults in December 2012 to discover and develop the potential of Moroccan youth, have named the campaign “Rabat, without my car.” 

It is the third time that the NGO has brought awareness to Rabatis of the pollution challenges caused by urban transportation. Twice before, the NGO has run similar successful events.

The campaign does not only aim to reduce air pollution but also to decrease noise and enhance quality of life in the city.

Inhabitants of Morocco’s capital are invited to give up their cars on September 22, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and to use public transportation and bicycles instead. 

The NGO, in collaboration with local authorities, will draw circuits where people can bike or walk freely without any car traffic. The organization invites those who choose not to participate in the event to avoid these predefined circuits. The event concerns all fuel-powered vehicles, except emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks.

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Car Free Days are held on September 22 every year in many cities and countries around the globe. The event encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day. According to the Washington Post, the event “promotes the improvement of mass transit, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within walking distance.”