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Tbilisi celebrates World Car Free Day on September 22

By Keti Donadze
Friday, September 21
World Car Free day will be celebrated for the third time in Tbilisi on September 22, 2018.

About 1146 cities of 36 countries of the world are expected to join this year.

World Car Free day, which is celebrated on September 22, encourages tourists to give up their cars for a day.

Various events are organized and take place worldwide. Companies are called on to engage in the social content of the event in order to change the city together for the better.

This year, activities will take place in Georgia as well. Cycling will start from the Vake Park Area; the races will continue to move to the freedom Square. At the end of the runway, public officials will address the rally participants.

Representatives of public, private and civil sectors, cyclist, ambassadors of the European Union and United Nations permanent representatives are invited to the event.

“When we were the initiators of celebration of this day in Tbilisi in 2015, only few organizations participated in the rally. We hope that this time more and more participants will join and that state, non-governmental and private organizations will show more social responsibility and contribute to the improvement of the cities’ environment for a day’ said Co-Founder of ‘Heart For Tbilisi’ Levan Tsutskiridze.

The marathon will be organized by the East-West Management Institute with the support of the Civil Society Development and citizens Involvement Project (ACCESS) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Co-organizations of the event are New Society and Ecology.

‘World Car Free Day’ was founded in 2000 by the European Commission and since then it has been actively celebrated in many countries of Europe and around the world. The international date aims at promoting environmental awareness, public transport, bicycle and walking, moving around with less private cars in the city’s central neighborhoods.