Pedestrians and cyclists take to the streets as Galway, Dublin, Limerick and Cork embrace Car Free Day.

Car Free Day was held throughout Europe on 22 September 2000 to raise awareness of pollution and congestion levels. 750 towns and cities took part, including many in Ireland.

Jim Fahy reports from Galway, where Mayor Martin Quinn launches the event on electric bicycle instead of his customary Mercedes. The city-centre car exclusion zone only created minor problems, with commuters embracing the initiative, saying how much fresher the air was.

Dublin traders complained that business was down, but pedestrians and cyclists enjoyed their new freedom. Owen Keegan, Director of Traffic for Dublin Corporation says that traffic was moving freely despite road closure. 

The report includes Cork and Limerick's experiences. Shane Foran of the Galway Cycle Campaign says that it is a very good idea that he would like to see expanded.

An RTÉ News report from 22 September 2000.