Bulgarians Join Int'l Car-Free Day

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Bulgarians Join Int'l Car-Free Day Kids aged as young as 3 joined the closing tour of cyclists in Sofia’s South Park. Bulgaria marked Thursday the International Car-Free Day. Photo by Kameliya Atanasova (SNA)

Young and elderly gathered early morning to set off on a bike tour across Sofia to mark the International Car-Free Day.

The local Velomania club also organized a closing contest for children of all ages, youngest ones being 3 years, at the entrance of capital's South Park.

Around 100 million people around the world observed International Car-Free Day on Thursday.

Campaigns to reduce reliance on cars have been planned for over 1,500 cities in 40 countries and are designed to show alternatives to car use such as public transport and the promotion of car-free zones.

The eventual aim is to reduce air pollution, noise and overcrowding in cities.

Initiated in France in 1998 as the "In town, without my car!" event, the day is now backed by the European Union on Sept. 22 every year as part of European Mobility Week.
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