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Leave your car and hop on a bus this Friday!

Car free Day
A few prominent residents of George challenge the rest of the town to give their motor cars a break on Friday and to get to work in a more environment-friendly manner. Behind the wheel is Executive Mayor, Alderman Malvin Naik, who encourages residents to hop on a GO GEORGE bus. George Herald editor Lizette da Silva (far right) says she and her two daughters are definitely getting onto a bus near their home early morning, while George Junior Mayor Melissa Vorster (left) and Enrico Apollis from Pacaltsdorp both also plan to do "the right thing" on Friday.

GO GEORGE is challenging the residents of George to leave their cars at home on Friday 22 September, and take a bus to work.

This day has been set aside worldwide as this year’s Car-free Day to remind the world population that there are alternative ways to get from point A to point B – be that by foot, by cycling or, here in George, by using the convenient GO GEORGE bus service. There are currently more than one billion motor vehicles on the roads world wide, with the inescapable impact that has on pollution when each individual uses his/her car to get to work.

The Executive Mayor of George, Alderman Malvin Naik, kindly appeals to residents to leave their cars at home on Friday. “Public bus services in South Africa is high priority for our Government and aimed at getting people to be less dependent on their cars, thereby limiting negative effects such as air pollution,” he said. “Let’s hop on the bus, or bicycles, or do a bit of foot work on Friday!”;

Car-free Day strives to relieve pressure on Planet Earth for one day per year by encouraging people to use alternative transport, and of course, to make them aware once again of alternative modes of transport. In big world cities like Bogota and Jakarta, all central roads are closed off on this day and filled with walking and cycling events.

The GO GEORGE schedules and routes are available on the website, www.gogeorge.org.za, but the GO GEORGE Call Centre staff are also ready to help anyone wanting to hop on the bus, to plan their trip. Phone them on 0800 044 044, or send an email to info@gogeorge.org.za, so that they can work out a custom plan for you and your colleagues!

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