India’s Raahgiri Day Celebrates Its 5th Birthday

Raahgiri Day, India’s sustained car‐free event which started as a small initiative and has since blossomed into a national movement, celebrates its fifth anniversary. Every Sunday, in over 70 cities in India, streets are closed to all motorized vehicles until noon. The street closures encourage people to walk, cycle, exercise, and reclaim their streets for safer roads, cleaner air, increased physical activity and community building. The event has helped change perceptions of public space in India.