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A good opportunity to think about getting around on foot and to be equipped with good footwear

The “Car-free Day” was launched in 1998 on a French initiative. The intention of this day of action, which is now under the auspices of the EU, is to restrict motorised individual transport in order to motivate people, at least throughout Europe, to come together on streets, squares, crossroads and, above all, in their neighbourhoods, so that we can experience together that motorised vehicles are mobility aids, but that as such they must not dominate our lives and our movement behaviour. We guess that this day is a good opportunity to think about getting around on foot and about suitable footwear!

Serious background to earlier car-free days

In Western Germany and West Berlin then, there were “Car-free Sundays” ordered by the authorities in 1973 because of the threat of a shortage of oil supplies as a result of conflicts and political entanglements in the Middle East. This period has gone down in history as the “First Oil Crisis”.
At that time, four “Car-free Sundays” in late autumn and speed limits were imposed as a cost-cutting measure in the form of the “Energy Security Act”. In a time that was still strongly characterised by almost limitless expectations of growth, in which “car-friendly” urban planning was still considered progressive, motorways could now be explored on foot or by bicycle.

Being on the road without a car at least one day a year!

Today, almost all EU states and most cities and municipalities support the idea of doing without the use of a car at least one day a year. This is not so much a day of renunciation as a day of quality: It is suggested that street festivals, sports competitions or performances be organised in public spaces otherwise used as traffic routes, but also that the roadways be opened up for non-motorised locomotion, e.g. with inline skates.
In many places, the centres are then closed to motorised individual traffic – often on a Sunday. This is to demonstrate that it is not a feared blockade of local commercial traffic, but rather a day of celebration that increases sales and supports the local economy.

POLOLO recommends well-fitting footwear that promotes health

Every person who is lucky enough to be able to stand on his or her own two feet and walk longer distances should underline this miracle of mobility by wearing suitable footwear that promotes health. This is especially true for children, who need age-appropriate support and clothing free of harmful substances in their natural urge to move and their physical development.
POLOLO relies exclusively on ecological materials in the production of its slippers and street shoes. For example, we only use vegetable-tanned leather and produce in Spain according to the highest ecological and quality standards.

Other special events on 22 September (selection):

  • In Three Saints Bay on Kodiak Island, trader and navigator Grigori Ivanovich Shelikhov founds the first Russian settlement in what is now the US state of Alaska in 1784.
  • The Berlin-Potsdam railway goes into operation in 1838 as Prussia’s first railway line.
  • The first German rowing boat regatta takes place on the Alster near Hamburg in 1844.
  • US President Abraham Lincoln announces the end of slavery in the southern states in 1862 with the so-called Emancipation Proclamation.
  • In 1964, Bayerischer Rundfunk becomes the first German TV broadcaster to start a third television programme.
  • In 1992, the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic is signed in Paris.
Photo: Explore the world with the POLOLO MINI Velcro shoe "Primero" – not only on September 22nd!