Kigali city dwellers turn up for first Car Free Day in 2021

On 3 January 2021 at 09:00

Kigali city dwellers have today turned up for the bi-monthly Car Free Day which is the first for the year 2021.

The latest was held 20th December 2020. Today’s physical exercise is the second since the City of Kigali issued new guidelines for the communal sports aligning with COVID-19 preventive measures.

These include stationing young volunteers at different roads to facilitate enforcement of preventive measures and moving car with speakers playing pre-recorded message reminding the public to adhere to health guidelines.

Among others, sportsmen were also urged to wear face masks, run slowly and discontinue morale songs lest they facilitate the formation of groups along the way.

As usual, vehicle movements have been blocked at different roads to ensure smooth exercise.

‘Car Free Day’ is among popular sports in Kigali city. It was the first public sports allowed to open following months of suspension to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Every first and third week of the month, people from all walks of life and different parts of Kigali City converge in the communal sports for different physical exercises.

Car Free Day started on May 29, 2016, aimed at helping Rwandans do sports for good health while at the same time benefiting from other activities like free testing and advice on how to prevent different diseases.

The exercise is also aimed at teaching and making people familiar with the fact that roads are not solely built for just vehicles but people as well.

Originated from the City of Kigali, the communal exercise is still suspended in other towns of the country as part of ongoing Coronavirus preventive measures.