Proclamation - World Car Free Day - September 22, 2021

September 22, 2021
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WHEREAS, World Car Free Day is celebrated around the world, with a common goal of reducing the number of cars on streets, reducing traffic congestion, improving parking demands and overall mobility; and

WHEREAS, World Car-free Day is an opportunity for cities to realize how much pollution affects our lives with vehicle emissions being one of the main sources of outdoor air pollution; and 

WHEREAS, Ambient air pollution alone caused some 4.2 million deaths in 2016, according to the World Health Organization with Transport being the fastest growing source of fossil-fuel CO2 emissions, the largest contributor to climate change; and 

WHEREAS, World Car Free Day benefits the Town of Collingwood by improving traffic-related air pollution, by reducing noise, and by reducing CO2 emissions in the downtown and provides health benefits not only by improving environmental conditions, but also by promoting active transportation such as walking and biking; and 

WHEREAS, World Car Free Day provides an opportunity to experience “Last Mile” transportation, an important lifestyle change in the fight against climate change; and 

WHEREAS, The Town of Collingwood encourages all citizens to go Car Free or Car lite on September 22nd, 2021 and try alternative modes of transportation throughout the year.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Brian Saunderson, Mayor of the Town of Collingwood,

DO HEREBY PROCLAIM September 22, 2021  as “World Car Free Day” in the Town of Collingwood. 

Dated this 20th day of September, 2021