Tehran Mayor highlight World Car Free Day Created on 9/26/2019 5:20:58 PM
Tehran Mayor Pirouz Hanachi attended the meeting of World Car Free Day this morning with the UNDP representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Claudio Providas; UNDP coordinator, Ali Nazari Doust; UNESCO representative; Zahra Sadr A'zam Nouri, a city council member; Mohsen Pour Seyed Aghaei, Traffic and Transportation Deputy of the Municipality of Tehran; Shina Ansari, Director General of the Department of Environment and Sustainable Development; and reporters of various media.
As reported by the Public Relations Director of the AMF, Tehran Mayor Pirouz Hanachi attended the meeting of World Car Free Day this morning with the UNDP representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Claudio Providas; UNDP coordinator, Ali Nazari Doust; UNESCO representative; Zahra Sadr A'zam Nouri, a city council member; Mohsen Pour Seyed Aghaei, Traffic and Transportation Deputy of the Municipality of Tehran; Shina Ansari, Director General of the Department of Environment and Sustainable Development; and reporters of various media.
"I hope this presence will give rise to foreign cooperation and enhance the quality of urban life", Hanachi said.
"It's Tuesday and we're approaching the World Car Free Day. We have also joined this campaign and are using public transportation. Metropolises and major cities of the world are different, but they have similar problems. Our goals are to improve public transportation and reduce the use of fossil-fueled vehicles as well as the consumption of microcarbons in the city", he added.
The mayor of Tehran said, "80 percent pf pollution in Tehran is directly related to fossil fuels, 40 percent of which is directly related to personal cars. Our plan is clear. We need to pursue various goals in classifying the rest of the transportation means such as the subway, buses and even bicycles."
Hanachi added, "The implementation of the Road Diet policy will definitely be pursued during this period. Obviously, a new street means more cars, which will not solve the problem. We must get out of this vicious cycle. Many attempts have been made by the municipality in this regard."
The Mayor of Tehran continued, "At the beginning, we mentioned people's health statistics and the role of exercise in improving health. The use of bicycles becomes a must in this approach. We increased the number of clean days last year."
"We should follow this path," he said. "Sanctions, however, make it difficult to continue this way. It is difficult to supply high quality catalysts or fuels under sanctions, but we are going to solve the problems. The sanctions, however, have also been beneficial although they have put people under pressure."
He said, "In the last two years we have launched and developed lines 6 and 7 of Tehran subway. By increasing the number of wagons, we reduce the distance of trains. We had some changes in lines 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 on the occasion of the new year."
The Mayor of Tehran added, "We also plan to develop bus services and improve the quality of buses. About 60% of Tehran buses are privately owned. We also plan to construct lines 8, 9 and 10. We also plan to develop safe routes for bicycles. The streets of Karim Khan and Taleghani are being developed along the same path. We should also recognize the use of bicycles Iran is a country which has adopted the by-law for the use of bicycles many years ago but it needs to be updated. We also plan to pave the way for the use of electric scooters and electric cars. The first charging pump device for electric cars was developed during this period. Currently, there are many electric cars in Tehran, but we need to pave the way for greater use of them."
Hanachi said, "With regard to the development of pedestrian lanes, we are going to turn some of the streets of Tehran into pavements. We are going to change some of the oldest streets of Tehran into pavements in the near future."
"This morning I visited a school that had given about 150 repaired bicycles to students as a pilot project", he said. I hope that this will occur in other regions as well and attempts will be made to rise the current rate (less than 2%) by at least 5%.
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