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Dunedin people will get an idea of what our city would be like with fewer cars when Car Free Day is celebrated today.
The day will be marked by an event in the Octagon, organised by Connecting Dunedin, from 11am to 2pm. Buses will be free all day on Sunday.
It will provide an opportunity for people to learn more about safety and travel planning specific to Dunedin.
People can test ride an e-scooter and an e-bike and find out about the Bike Buddy Programme.
There will be competitions, giveaways and demonstrations, such as learning how to put your bike on the bus.
Dunedin City Council Infrastructure Services general manager and Connecting Dunedin spokesman Simon Drew encouraged as many Dunedin people as possible to "join in the fun and explore alternative ways to get around our city''.
"We're hoping people will be open to the idea of walking, cycling, scootering or catching the bus to the Octagon to experience our city from a different perspective.''
"Reducing toxic air pollution and carbon emissions are vital, but they are far from the only benefit of active travel,'' Mr Drew said.
"The increasing number of people choosing to travel actively in Dunedin have told us they're keen to learn more about its benefits and how to stay safe.
"We've brought together several active travel organisations and groups to share their advice, knowledge and experience.''
Connecting Dunedin is a partnership between the DCC, New Zealand Transport Agency and Otago Regional Council, which aims to deliver a great transport system in Dunedin.
It encourages people to use alternatives to private cars, such as walking, cycling and using public transport, which could lead to environmental benefits, improving road safety, and health benefits.
• Car Free Day is celebrated worldwide on September 22.
- Staff reporter