Car Free Day in Pictures
The World Car Free Day was celebrated worldwide yesterday. Participants in Reykjavík rode their bikes or walked along Miklabraut to Lækjartorg square. The bus company Strætó offered free bus service.
Rain did not prevent large numbers of people from participating. “We don’t have a car and we bike wherever we need to go,” Júlía Björnsdóttir told mbl.is. “It’s essential to show solidarity and connect with other cities. This is a global movement,” she added.
Following the ride along Miklabraut, a meeting was held on Lækjartorg square. Among those to address the crowd was Minister for the Environment Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson. He described the importance of a car free lifestyle and other measures in support of the environment. He did, however, apologize for having a chauffeur himself.
President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson noted in a Facebook post yesterday that a car free day was “a good reminder of the need to improve public transportation and consider an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Still, some of you will most likely see me in a car today. Making it by bus to planned events around town with the family would involve quite some difficulty, to say the least.”