Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Mexico City public servants trade in cars for bikes

Mexico City is notorious for the high amounts of air pollution caused by massive automobile usage and lax environmental laws on factories. Now the metropolis’ government is trying to raise awareness of the problem by passing a new rule for public employees obligating them to commute without private automobiles once a month. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard wants employees to commute with bicycles or public transportation and he put his idea into practice by cycling to work on Monday (image).

Ebard is not the only mayor that has encouraged alternatives to private auto use; the Colombian capital of Bogota has instituted a car-free day at least once a year since 2000.

Links- Energy Information Administration, BBC News, Common Dreams, El Universal

Image- Yahoo! News

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