World Car-Free Day kicks off on Sunday

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Words: Nile Bijoux
19 Sep 2019

World Car-Free Day is on September 22, falling on a Sunday this year, and in support of this, Environment Canterbury is offering free public transport across the Metro network for the weekend of 21-22 September 2019.

"Providing free public transport for World Car-Free Day is an excellent opportunity for people to leave their car at home for the day and use the bus to come in and explore what's new in Christchurch’s central city,” said Environment Canterbury senior manager public transport Stewart Gibbon.

"We know that emissions from transport are a big contributor to our carbon footprint, and that we can lower emissions quickly and significantly if more people choose to take public transport more often. Replacing a car journey with public transport is a simple way that people can contribute to reducing their emissions footprint. We encourage as many people as possible to give it a go by taking advantage of a free trip this weekend.”

Metro’s entire network will be free to use this Sunday, including Waimakariri, Christchurch city, Selwyn and Timaru. Northland is also offering free public transport, as is the Bay of Plenty. Auckland Transport is currently offering free public transport on the weekend for those aged between 5 and 15.

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