The Sydney Morning HeraldSaturday 12 May 2001
|Friends, Romans, pedestrians
Untroubled by the Eternal City's usually insane traffic, a horse cabmakes leisurely progress along Rome's Via dei Fori Imperiali - something not seen since the oil crises of the '70s. After months of regional trials, Italians last weekend observed the first national car-free days, aimed at cleaning up the environment, averting pollutant damage to ancient monuments and avoiding some of the country's 15,000 annual smog-related deaths. Vehicles were banned from central streets in 200 cities and towns, whose citizens walked or cycled.