Ms Wallström said the day would be an important step in contributing to a "decent, clean and safe environment for future generations," while adding that "publicity campaigns are not enough". Better public transport, cycling facilities, street and city design and more park and ride schemes were also necessary, she said.
Last year, 22 million people participated in the first European car-free day (ENDS Daily 23 September 1999) which built on previous initiatives in French towns and cities in 1998 (ENDS Daily 10 September 1998).
Meanwhile, another Sunday ban on cars in an Italian city will take place this weekend as part of a nation-wide campaign for reducing air pollution (ENDS Daily 18 January). This weekend, Rome's city centre will be closed to cars while public transport will be free of charge.
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