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  • Theo Schmidt
    Yesterday 3.9.00 saw the first SlowUp semi-carfree day around the Lake of Murten in Switzerland. It was a great success and most probably a record of some
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 4, 2000
      Yesterday 3.9.00 saw the first "SlowUp" semi-carfree day around the Lake of
      Murten in Switzerland. It was a great success and most probably a record of
      some type for this rather rural area. In spite of occasional rain, 20'000
      cyclists and skaters showed up to ride the 30 km around the Lake of Murten
      mainly on roads closed to motorised traffic. A constant never-ending stream
      of mainly cyclists (also skaters, some HPVs, a few scooters and kickboards,
      a kinetic sculpture) went around the lake in both directions during the
      whole day, partaking of the local culinary specialities on the way (mainly
      fish and wine). This was superbly organised by the Human-Powered Mobility
      group for the Swiss national exhibition expo.02. Unfortunately the
      organisers were always at pains to explain that the event was not
      "anti-car" and indeed the 6 extra cyclists' trains to the event weren't
      very well occupied, whereas the car-parking spaces were, so the gross
      environmental and safety effect was probably negative, in spite of an
      enormous fun factor and public relations effect. The graphically pleasing
      but rather slow web site http://www.slowup.ch may still be active, as it is
      planned to repeat this event in coming years, also at other places.

      Theo Schmidt, Switzerland
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