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Schoolhill closes to cars to encourage public transport use

Schoolhill closes to cars to encourage public transport use

A number of city centre streets will be closed to traffic in a bid to combat traffic congestion and cut pollution.

The annual Town Without My Car Day, now in its sixth year, will take place on Sunday, September 20 in a bid to encourage motorists to explore other methods of transport in Aberdeen.

Motorised traffic will be banned from Schoolhill between Blackfriars Street and Back Wynd as part of the initiative devised for European Mobility Week, an EU backed campaign which promotes sustainability.

Belmont Street and Little Belmont Street will also be closed to cars following a trial to create cafe culture in the city centre which was launched earlier this month.

Aberdeen council’s Transport and Regeneration spokesman Councillor Ross Grant said the road closures would offer a great opportunity for residents to explore sustainable methods of transport in the city.

Cllr Grant said: "Many people want to not use their car quite as often as they do, so events such as these will help them see there are other options which are both practical and good for the environment.

"We want to gently encourage people to investigate alternatives and these events are a great opportunity to see what they are."

As part of European Mobility Week, the council will also operate a series of other events to inspire Aberdonians to leave the car at home, including a free Getabout Bicycle Roadshow at Duthie Park on September 12 and The Wee Jaunt Pedal Scotland cycle ride the following day.

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