The second edition of a Car Free Day event championed by the Ethioipian Ministry of Health was observed by thousands of the country’s citizens across various cities in the country at the weekend.
From the capital Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa, Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Adama, Jimma, Mekelle and Jigiga, citizens turned up in their numbers to walk the streets and to participate in other forms of exercise.
The event was the second edition following the maiden edition that was held in December 2018.
The Health Minister, Amir Abiy, stressed the importance of the event by posting on Twitter: “Our goal is clear: Health Citizens and Pollution Free Ethiopia.”
A Car Free Day is essentially a day members of the public are encouraged to give up their cars and walk or ride bicycles as a means of getting around.
It is largely steeped in pursuance of healthy lifestyles for people who otherwise live sedentary lives. In Africa, the Rwandan capital, Kigali, is known to enforce the measure with the president and his wife regularly participating.
September 22 is also traditionally held as International Car Free Day with events organized in some cities and countries around the world but hardly observed in African cities.