The good thing about Car-Free Day is having the road all to yourself. On Sunday, July 24, Ipoh City Council held its ninth Car-Free Day from 7am to 10am with Hari Raya merriment as the theme.
The designated road, Jalan Raja Dihilir, was filled with evergreen Raya songs. Well over 6000 people joined in the fun. Bicycles, roller skates and the latest craze, hover-boarding were the order of the day.
People were everywhere, some walking, some jogging. They greeted one another as they passed by. Among the activities organised were aerobics, a lion dance and an environmental awareness campaign by non-governmental organisation, Ipoh City Watch. Its objective was to make people aware of the importance of cleanliness.
Mayor Dato’ Zamri Man participated by cycling around with his wife and some of the council’s senior staff.
“You know what I like most about Car-Free Day? It’s seeing people of all ages and races on one street, enjoying each other’s company. I like watching two complete strangers talking to each other and having a sense of connection with one another,” said Zamri to reporters.
The thing that made the event more spectacular was the costumes the public wore based on the theme. Some of them were dressed in baju melayu and baju kurung while walking and cycling.
“I’m glad that more and more people are taking part. I hope the number of participants will increase at the next session. It’s more than just a family outing, it’s about bringing the community together,” Zamri added.