Tehran mayor joins ‘car-free Tues­days’ cam­paign

Tehran Times - - SOCIETY -

TEHRAN — The newly-elected mayor of Tehran, Pirouz Hanachi, has joined ‘car-free Tues­days’ cam­paign, cy­cling to his of­fice or head­ing to work by bus or sub­way.

On the sec­ond Tues­day of his ca­reer as mayor of Tehran, Hanachi was spot­ted while rid­ing a bi­cy­cle and last Tues­day he took sub­way to work, ISNA re­ported.

‘Car-free Tues­days’ cam­paign kicked off in 2016 by Mo­ham­mad Bakhtiari, ma­jored in ar­chi­tec­ture and a mem­ber of a lo­cal NGO with 1,000 mem­bers known as “the guardians of the en­vi­ron­ment of Arak city”.

It aimed to de­crease the num­ber of pri­vate cars in the cities hence mit­i­gate air pol­lu­tion.

Af­ter over 140 weeks on Tues­day, the cam­paign seemed to be los­ing mo­men­tum most prob­a­bly be­cause of the in­ef­fi­cient in­fra­struc­ture in the coun­try, as such move­ments to­wards cleaner trans­port op­tions en­tail ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture such as bike lanes to en­sure safety im­prove­ments and higher rid­er­ship num­bers, as well as ef­fi­cient, low emis­sion pub­lic trans­port.

In June, Mo­ham­mad Darvish, the for­mer head of the pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion of­fice at the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, said that the most im­por­tant prob­lem which led to car-free Tues­days cam­paign fail­ure was mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fi­cials who are not aware of the ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture of the cities, and they are de­sign­ing the cities as au­to­mo­bile-based, which en­cour­age peo­ple to use pri­vate trans­port rather than pub­lic.

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