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World Car Free Day celebration in Tauranga

Thursday, September 5, 2019

On Sunday 22 September, Tauranga is joining more than 2,000 cities around the world to celebrate World Car Free Day.

Between 10am and 3pm, a section of First Avenue will be transformed into an urban public space for the day to host a free community event organised by Tauranga City Council.

The event will offer inspiration to consider new travel habits and includes family-friendly activities such as a pop-up ice-skating rink, giant games, a treasure hunt, an urban chill-out zone, radio entertainment and more.

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What: World Car Free Day 2019

When: Sunday 22 September, 10am to 3pm

Where: First Avenue, Tauranga (between Devonport Rd and Cameron Rd)

Martin Parkes, Tauranga City Council Manager Transportation, says: “Tauranga is New Zealand’s most car dependent city, something we’re not proud of. World Car Free Day offers an opportunity to join a worldwide movement and to consider other ways of getting around.

“It’s about reflecting on our impact on the environment and about contributing to a more balanced transport network in our wonderful city.”

“Our event is one way to celebrate this day. Other suggestions for what you could do, include: going for a long walk on the beach with a friend, grabbing the bikes for a great ride along the renewed Kopurererua Valley track, visiting one of our amazing parks. As long as you leave the car at home – only for one day a year and maybe for more.”

The event will highlight various public transport and non-motorised transport options. For example, Bay of Plenty Regional Council is displaying how to use the bike rack on their buses.

People are encouraged to travel to the event by bus, bike, foot or scooter. Additionally, the Bayhopper bus service will be free all day on World Car Free Day on Sunday 22 September; not only for the people travelling to the event but also for people going to other destinations.

For more information about the event, visit

Interesting facts:

  • 63% of Tauranga’s carbon emissions come from transport, mostly cars and trucks. (Source: Tauranga Carbon Footprint Emissions Report 2017))
  • 1 bus = up to 40 fewer cars on the road
  • Approximately 80% of car journeys in Tauranga are made by single occupancy vehicles

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