Ditch the car this Sunday
People are being encouraged to ditch their cars for World Car Free Day on Sunday.
Tauranga City Council is inviting people to come to the party on World Car Free Day between 10am and 3pm on 1st Ave.
“It’s promising to be a fun day bursting with entertainment and full of inspiration to consider new travel habits.”
Tauranga is celebrating World Car Free Day together with more than 46 countries and 2,000 cities around the world.
“We need to focus on moving more people more efficiently,” says council transportation manager Martin Parkes.
“Through World Car Free Day, we can work towards changing attitudes towards transport and enlightening people to alternative ways of travelling around our city.”
The free community event organised by Tauranga City Council has the following family-friendly activities lined up:
- Ice skating
- Bike, skate, scooter track
- Displays and check out how to use the bike rack on the bus
- Giant games
- Face painting
- Treasure hunt
- Colouring-in mural
- Urban chill out zone
- Sausage sizzle (10am - 1pm)
- DJ (Will Johnston) from The Hits (10am - 1pm)
- TravelSafe’s Ruben & Ruby the Bear (morning)
- Dan The Puppet Man (afternoon)
Getting to this event is the perfect opportunity to leave the car at home for a change and try other ways of transport. Grab your bike, take a stroll or give the bus a go.
Bayhopper travel will be free for the whole day and people will get the chance to learn how to load a bike onto the front of the bus with a bus parked at the First Avenue community event.
For more information about the event, visit www.mytauranga.co.nz/wcfd
- 63 per cent of Tauranga’s carbon emissions come from transport, mostly cars and trucks. (Source: Tauranga Carbon Footprint Emissions Report 2017))
- 1 bus = up to 40 fewer cars on the road
- Approximately 80% of car journeys in Tauranga are made by single occupancy vehicles