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European Car Free Day in Limerick city centre this Saturday

European Car Free Day, which is celebrated on September 22, encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day.

European Car Free Day in Limerick city centre this Saturday

To celebrate European Car Free Day on Saturday 22 Sept, O’Connell Street in Limerick city centre from its junction with Sarsfield Street to Roches Street will be a pedestrian and bus only zone from 11 am until 2 pm.

There will be loads of fun and games for children as well as for adults, while the benefits of walking, cycling and using public transport will be highlighted.


The RSA will have their Interactive Shuttle providing members of the general public a chance to interact with various road safety campaigns and to spread the message about the importance of road safety.

You will be able to check out your hazard perception skills on their simulators or enjoy a fully interactive road safety educational experience.

You can also practice safe cycling skills on their state of the art bicycle simulator and test your reactions on the brake reaction timer.

And let’s see your fancy footwork by dancing to the Safe Cross Code in the activity zone.

The aim of the day is to highlight the need to reduce our dependency on cars for people coming into the city centre, by walking, cycling or taking public transport.

Bus Eireann will present their new double-decker buses for Limerick and will be providing free LEAP cards and a free bus tour of the city.

LUCROC will be giving members of the public the latest information on the future of O’Connell Street. 

The Community Policing Unit of An Garda Síochána will be present to promote their ‘Lock it or Lose it’ bike campaign as well as general tips for personal safety and in your homes.

Limerick Sports Partnership will have a skills fun zone for children of all ages, while the public will see a wildflower garden display and the Environment Awareness Department of the council will be on hand giving out practical advice on upcycling recycling and re-using and composting.

SPIN South West will be broadcasting from the area live throughout the event.

For more information on European Car Free Day go here.

For more stories on the environment go here.


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