8 Sep 2009

St Albans Car Free Day 2009 (aka In Town Without My Car)

St Albans District Council (SADC) is promoting Car Free Day on Tuesday 22 September 2009.

STACC will be supporting the event with the aim of encouraging cycling (of course).

This is the first time St Albans has participated in this international event (part of European Mobility Week) and it seems that the idea came rather too late to organise a grand, well supported event, so we would expect the proceedings to be quite modest.
Nevertheless, STACC enthusiastically welcomes this small beginning and hopes for greater things in future years.

Our aim is not to criticise people for using cars, nor to be prescriptive about any behaviour - except where road safety is involved. Rather we seek to encourage cycling by emphasising its practicality, low cost, convenience and enjoyment. We have become aware, over many years, that there is a latent desire by many people to get into cycling, having recognised those qualities.
We see this as another opportunity to engage with St Albans folk to help them overcome any anxieties and difficulties with advice based on our collective experience.

The SADC display will be situated in front of the Old Town Hall, St Peter's Street, St Albans from 10am to 4pm on the day.
We will be manning one of the six stalls. We will have a selection of free literature, maps and chatty advice.

Other stallholders, beside SADC itself, will include Travelwise, Addiktion Cycle Shop, and probably some voluntary organisations such as Friends of the Earth.

We look forward to seeing you there.


(STACC SCOOP: This Post is the first on-line News of this event. At the time of posting, a Press Release had not been published, nor had the event appeared on SADC website www.stalbans.gov.uk Home Page - where we will expect to find it any time soonish.... When it does appear, take a look to find the finalised details.)

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