It’s the last day to enjoy summer this Thursday, tomorrow marks the arrival of autumn. In the meantime, you can take advantage of this sunny day across France to leave your car in the garage and make all your daily trips on foot, by bike or by public transport, on the occasion of this World Day. “European Mobility Week”. About the expression of the day, it can be said at the coffee break that on this day without a car, “chi va piano va sano e val lontano”, or if you prefer: who wants to travel far away, take care of your mount. To end the little BeMac tour on this last day of summer a few hours before the autumnal equinox, the 274th “Before the Coffee Machine” of this twenty-second day of September, we celebrate Saint Mauritius.
It’s World Car Free Day this Thursday, September 22nd.
Every year on September 22, almost every country celebrates World Car-Free Day, a day that aims to encourage drivers around the world to give up their vehicles for a day or more if they wish. This day mainly aims to demonstrate that it is possible to travel without taking your car, even if this means of transport is a simple and quick way to travel, shop, go to work… time, so take your time, no matter when you arrive at your destination. A way to also demonstrate that it is possible to use our roads in another way.
Besides the ” European Mobility Week exists to allow as many people as possible to discover or rediscover the use of public transport, carpooling, cycling or walking for the most motivated. There is no need to take your personal vehicle to reach the local bakery, whatever the weather. And for slightly longer journeys, you can adopt the bicycle, which has regained real appeal with the highest number since the health crisis and the first lockdown. So much so that, with some manufacturers, you need to book your bike several months in advance, just like you would a car. And for those who get discouraged with pedaling, you can adopt an electric bike that will make you see life on two wheels differently, without pain or sweat… or almost.
Returning to this world/European day/week, it is celebrated mainly on the Sunday before or after this date. It is very complicated to ban cars during the week, this must be recognized. As Wikipedia explains: European Mobility Week is an annual campaign that takes place during a week in September with the aim of making European citizens aware of the use of public transport, cycling, walking, carpooling, in order to encourage European cities to promote these modes. of transport and to invest in the necessary infrastructure. The first took place in 2002. »
Expression of the day: chi va piano va sano and val lontano
This is the expression you will have to try to put in your daily conversation during the break in front of the coffee machine: “ chi va piano va sano and val lontano “. This expression has its place today on the occasion of this world car-free day and simply means in French: “qui va calmement, va healthy et va loin”. Some will prefer the expressions: It’s no use running, you have to leave on time ” or ” he who wishes to travel far, take care of his mount “, even if it takes your southern accent out of the corner.
At the end of the day, regardless of the means of transport, if you want to go far, you have to take care of your mount, whether it’s your feet, your bike or your car. And that also applies to everything we do on a daily basis. When you’re told you have to take your time, you only have one life and you have to enjoy it!
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