City of Sydney - MEDIA RELEASE

Sydney Lord Mayor believes car free day merits serious investigation

Tuesday 27 April 2004
Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore MP today gave her support to a serious investigation into the idea of an annual "car free day".

The President of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, Harold Scruby, raised the idea of a 'car free day' occurring on Walk to Work Day during an informal conversation with Cr Moore on 20 April.

"While I strongly support 'Walk to Work Day', I suggested that he should write to the State Government and Council outlining his proposal," Cr Moore said.

"Any reduction in our use of cars would have obvious benefits for our environment by reducing pollution levels," Cr Moore said.

"There is also growing concern about the increase in obesity, particularly with children. According to the latest research publicised by the National Anti-Obesity Task Force, one and a half million Australian children, or more than 20 percent of people under 18, are now overweight or obese."

As with 'Walk to Work' Day, an annual car free day would focus on the value of walking as a good form of exercise."

Cr Moore has requested Council officers to prepare a report on the feasibility of introducing a "car free day" within the City of Sydney.

Cr Moore said that the reduction in car use during the Olympics suggests that it was possible for Sydney residents to manage without their cars for short periods.

Cr Moore said that while a "car free day" could be held in conjunction with 'Walk to Work Day' it may be more valuable for it to take place at another time of the year. For example, car free day could be linked with National Heart Week, held each year in May, or Walk Safely to School Day, which took place this year at the beginning of April.

The involvement of both State and local government was essential for a car free day to occur," Cr Moore said.

For more information phone Larry Galbraith on 0418 160 981