For one day on September 19 Stockholm plans to stop the use of motorized vehicles in the city centre.
The initiative is part of the European Mobility Week, a project from the European Commission that seeks to promote sustainable transport. More than 200 cities will participate this year, will join the initiative. Together with Stockholm, two other national capitals—Lisbon, Budapest, —will experiment with a car-free day.
Stockholm has a history of promoting civic sustainability, especially relating to transportation. In 2010, the city won the first European Green Capital award, in part for its low transport emissions, clean water standards, and innovative waste management. A large proportion of its city buses and trains run on renewable fuels, making its share of clean vehicles among the highest in Europe.