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Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 08:36:46 +0100
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Subject: NNP: stop press - campaign dates for this week


Critical Mass - Manchester action

To demonstrate a car-free environment, cyclists from all over Manchester will be taking to the streets. In a highly visual, colourful and fun manner they'll be spreading the message that car use is a major contributor to climate change and also makes our cities dirtier and more dangerous places. We'll be there to remind motorists that there is an alternative.

Meet at Whitworth Park, next to the Whitworth Gallery, Oxford Road at 5pm. Bring a bike if you have one but pedestrians are welcome.


You may be aware that Saturday 22nd September is European Car-Free Day, a celebration of alternatives to the car. To mark it, Manchester City Council has decided to close St. Mary's Gate, which runs past Marks and Spencer's in the City Centre, to traffic, between 7 am and 4 pm. The street space will be used to hold a day long "festival" which will give people an idea of the advantages of streets being less full of traffic, and raise awareness of the potential of other means of transport. Manchester Friends of the Earth is organising the day's events, which will include free food, live music, and activities for children such as games and face-painting.

To provide an "educational" side to the day, we are inviting local voluntary organisations to come to St Mary's Gate and set up stalls to publicise their work. If you feel your organisation relates in any way to the themes of sustainable transport or traffic reduction, and you are interested in taking this opportunity, please inform us as soon as possible to assist us in planning the event, at or phone 0161 834 8221 [email address updated 30 Jan 2003]

Further information on European Car-Free Day is available from the Environmental Transport Association, who are co-ordinating UK participation in the event, at

Alternatively, you may contact Manchester Friends of the Earth.

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