MINSK, 15 September (BelTA) – The European Mobility Week in Minsk will feature the opening of a new cycling route and a bicycle race. On 22 September, motorists will be granted the right to use public transport free of charge, Deputy Chair of the Minsk City Committee of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Tatiana Dubik told journalists on 14 September, BelTA has learned.
A total of 68 Belarusian cities and towns, including Minsk, will join this year's European Mobility Week.
On 21-22 September, another experiment to measure the concentration of pollutants in the air and noise levels will be conducted in Minsk. The aim of the experiment is to show the difference in emissions and noise levels when residents of the city do not use their private vehicles.
The program will also include another traditional event – “To work by bicycle”. Residents who will opt for getting to work by bicycle will be offered fruit, coffee, and tea for free at six sites in the city, Tatiana Dubik said.
A new cycling route will open during the European Mobility Week. It will link three eco-routes in Minsk. The new route will invite people to go for a bike ride and observe birds. It will feature information boards telling about local bird species.
On World Car-Free Day on 22 September, motorists will be granted the right to use public transport free of charge upon the presence of the driver's license or the vehicle registration document.
On 22 September, the city will host a bicycle race featuring senior officials of the Minsk City Hall and the Belarusian Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry. The possible route is currently in the works, the details of the event will be revealed soon,” Tatiana Dubik noted.
The European Mobility Week will also feature the exhibition “Transport 100 years ago”. The exhibition will comprise three sections. The first section will demonstrate the beginning of urban mobility in Minsk at the beginning of the 20th century and public transport of that time. The second section will be dedicated to green projects of the capital, and the third one will showcase photos promoting eco-friendly means of transport. Minsk residents will be invited to go on an individual bicycle ride with an audio guide that will be available via a mobile application.
The European Mobility Week is held annually on 16-22 September and wraps up with World Car-Free Day. This year's campaign will focus on promotion of low-carbon transport and will be held under the motto “Zero-emission mobility for all. The motto of the year 2020 is “Choose your move”.