Car Free Day in the Republic

It’s European Car Free Day today – or at least it is in twenty towns and cities in the Republic. It has yet to catch on in Northern Ireland at all!

  • peteb

    And the reports are of gridlock in those towns and cities supposedly participating, Mick.

  • slackjaw

    Looking out the window from the train this morning, it appeared that many in Dublin had thought European Car Free Day the perfect day to bring the car into work, given the likelihood of less traffic.

  • Mick Fealty

    Any more eyewitness reports? This could be interesting!

  • peteb

    Not sure it strictly qualifies as ‘eye-witness’ but there’s a report up on the UTV site about “almost unprecedented traffic mayhem” in Cork- Car-Free Chaos in Cork

  • Mick Fealty

    It’s not just in Ireland either, Toronto’s in a mess too!

  • Mark McGregor

    We had it in Brussels on Sunday, it was a wonderful success. The whole city was car free apart from taxis, market stall holders and the disabled. There were thousands cycling, roller blading or just strolling between 9.00 – 19.00. They reported that air and noise pollution had experienced substantial falls and nearly everyone supports it. There were open air bbqs, markets, a great day with a great atmosphere and it’s only be going on a relatively short time.

  • peteb

    That’s an interesting excuse from the Toronto Councillor, “Unfortunately, it fell through the cracks in terms of our ability to fund it this year”.

    Did someone not pass on the memo to the public?

  • Davros

    It’s like that every day where I live Mark 😉

  • maca

    “European Car Free Day” I drive a Nissan so can I still drive?

  • Mick Fealty

    That sounds great Mark. It would be great to try and dig out what went right in Brussels. Anyone else with good news?

    There seems to be more bad than good on the net. It’s not going too well in Malta! Though here’s a reasoned argument in favour from the Times of Malta.

  • smcgiff

    ‘yet to catch on in Northern Ireland at all!’

    And don’t change!!! All it produces is gridlock.

    The less sympathetic out there might say serves ye right for driving on such a day – but on a wet, blustery day in no public transport land, with blocked off streets, there was only going to be one outcome. Guilty/Pissed off drivers.

  • Mick Fealty

    Whereabouts are you?

  • peteb

    Brussels picking a Sunday for their Car-Free day might have something to do with it, Mick.

  • smcgiff

    ‘Whereabouts are you?’

    Work in Limerick City.

  • Davros

    Oooooh! Do you get paid danger money or is Limerick’s reputation undeserved ?

  • smcgiff

    ‘Oooooh! Do you get paid danger money or is Limerick’s reputation undeserved?’

    I came to Limerick to study in 1994 and have since lived in the city or where I am now, in the burbs, which are actually in Co Clare. In that time I

  • Davros

    That reminds me of the classic Rab. C. Nesbitt quote

    ” Blackpool – Las Vegas fae Scum! “

    On a slightly more serious note – what is the difference between a pro-cathedral and a cathedral?

  • smcgiff

    Whoa, not sure where that question came from, Davros, but copy and paste the below Url into your browser for the interesting (I think so) answer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mary's_Pro-Cathedral#Why_a_pro-cathedral.2C_not_a_full_cathedral.3F

  • Davros

    Came up in something I was reading smcgiff, and I thought I would ask the board . Wasn’t aimed at you specifically 🙂
    Cheers

  • Young Irelander

    Car Free Day my arse!I was on the number 10 bus today in Dublin’s city centre and must’ve been on it for 45 minutes as the traffic crawled along…..

  • peteb

    RTE’s verdict on the Car Free day in Dublin – No Impact

    According to a spokesman, wheeled out to comment, that lack of impact was due to “bad weather”.. hmmmm.

    The report also points out Rome and Berlin did not participate this year, and street closures in Paris “were scaled back to largely token levels because of huge traffic jams in 2003″… which were probably caused by bad weather then too.

  • smcgiff

    ‘and I thought I would ask the board’

    Did you find the answer?

    Kinda odd that Dublin doesn’t have a Cathedral for it’s majority religion!

    When I was younger (up until a couple of years ago) I thought it meant it was a Protestant Cathedral.