You can’t possibly be living in Tripoli and not know about ” Tripoli Car Free Day”. It’s been almost a month and maybe even a bit more that everyone is talking about it and I think it’s healthy that people of different age and interests are promoting the day.
Many TV shows publicized the event, too. Facebook pages were created, posters campaigns, meetings and much more and although I’m just a humble observer I could feel the positive vibes and enthusiasm transmitted through the organizers’ speeches, excitements and preparations. My friend Taha B is among the organizers and I love how involved he is… Passionate people always manage to get their message delivered, and their voice heard no matter what…
To show support and out of respect I’m writing this entry, I’m also participating in this city festival and perhaps I could convince you to join in, too. If you are a music fan, a stage will be built and a band will be playing just that day. Also the environment ambassador at the united nations” Ragheb Alama” will have a concert in Rachid Karame fair on Saturday (I bet you didn’t know that info about Ragheb Alama :P)
Not interested in music? Perhaps you’re an athletic person and you love biking! You could bring you bike and the wide streets of Tripoli (with cars of course) are all yours. Get your scooter or skate board, we’d love to see some stunts and I’m sure we will knowing that Sastek Derbass is among the organizers. So even if you’re like me, not much of a biker, you’ll love the show and the performance.
Still not convinced, eh? What about jogging? It’s one of the easiest healthy exercises, and to guarantee your safety what better place one needs like an open car free space? From City complex to corniche El Mina that’s how much you can walk on the pace you want. There would also be a 10 km marathon for those interested to compete!
As for photography lovers, a competition will be held for the occasion. You just need to photograph the city in the Car free day and send it to the organizers. The prize is an advanced camera and the two winners will be announced on a later phase.
I hope to see you on the 13th. I’ll be wandering the streets of Tripoli and El Mina with my sisters and brother from 11 to 6 inshalla. Perhaps we’re far off being in a car free city but that doesn’t mean we kill the dream in its cradle, it’s a shame if we don’t try. Many mistakes will occur but we shouldn’t focus on the negative sides.. Instead of criticizing, be supportive. Good luck Tripoli 🙂