The car-free day which started as a monthly event in 2016 as the City of Kigali initiative, but a year later it was made fortnightly, on the recommendation of President Paul Kagame after he attended it in 2017.
When is the World Car Free Day celebrated?
The initiative was adopted from the “World Car Free Day” which is celebrated annually on 22nd September.
Aim of the World Car Free Day
The aim of the World Car Free Day is to inspire people to give up their vehicles and use non-motorized transport, like biking, staking or walking, instead.
2021 World Car Free Day
Rwanda President in the person of His Excellency Paul Kagame joined thousands of Kigali residents in their bi-month car-free day walkout on Sunday 17th November, 2021.
As the name depicts, the car-free day is set aside to encourage all Rwandan citizenry to walk and exercise.
All major roads in in Kigali and other parts of the country are usually closed temporarily for residents to walk, jog, and ride bicycles.
During this event, the president is always actively involved serving as a motivation to all citizenry.
This is what is normally referred to us leadership by example. The main aim of this car-free walkout is to burn more accumulated calories for healthy living among the citizenry.