Cars banned in Vila Real de Santo António

EUROPEAN MOBILITY Week is being celebrated once again this year by the borough of Vila Real de Santo António, with many different activities planned from September 16 to 22. September 22 is European No Cars Day and, throughout the week, the council will be making bicycles available to be used as an alternative means of transport.

Tonight (September 16) from 7pm, a walk will take place through the Estrada da Mata and, at 10pm, in the town’s main square, there will be a theatre performance. Tomorrow will be a day for children, with bouncy castles, bicycles and traditional fair games at the entrance to the town. Meanwhile, for the adults, there will be free health information and examinations made available at a mobile health unit situated in the same area. Then, from 5pm, an exhibition of environmentally friendly vehicles, showcasing the latest models on the market, will be staged at the Praça Marquês de Pombal.

Sunday, September 18, will welcome a sightseeing cycling tour organised by Vila Real de Santo António Câmara, with the support of sports group Os Galitos. The tour gets underway at 9am from the municipal pavilion and the cyclists will ride towards Castro Marim, passing along the Rio Seco and on to São Bartolomeu. On returning to Vila Real de Santo António, the participants will be rewarded with prizes for their efforts.

On September 20, at 4pm, there will be a seminar entitled ‘The Bicycle’, taking place at the Vila Real de Santo António Cultural Centre, a session that aims to raise awareness of a new green transport project for the coast, entitled Ecovia do Litoral (a cycling route), and highlight the environmental and health advantages of using a bicycle to get around. For the more energetic, on September 21, at 7pm, there will be a complimentary exercise class at the Praça Marquês de Pombal.

As in previous years, on September 22, European No Cars Day, many roads in Vila Real de Santo António will be closed off to cars. An electric car will be made available to all residents to use in the town’s streets throughout the day, free of charge.