European Day Without Cars observed in Samos

 Bike near Halcyon HillsAMNA/ European Day Without Cars was marked in Samos and throughout the rest of Greece on Saturday.

Central city streets were closed off to cars in many urban centers, as bikers took advantage of the car-free streets and showed up in numbers.

The Bicycle Association of Veteran Athletes organized a 200-kilometer non-competitive large distance race, with more than 410 bikers participating.

September 22 was designated as European Day Without Cars as a self-standing day in 2000, under the auspices of the European Commission.

Pedestrians, bicycles, public transit and other forms of sustainable transportation are encouraged on these days, and people are invited to reflect on what their city would look like with a lot fewer cars, and what might be needed to accomplish that.

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