President Klaus Iohannis has joined the “Green Friday” campaign and went to Cotroceni Palace via bicycle.
“I arrived at the office today via bicycle because I want to be part of the “Green Friday” campaign, a campaign that started a few weeks ago and which I find to be very good. Our cities are extremely crowded, especially during rush hour, when people are going to or returning from work. We have a lot of car traffic in our cities and I encourage all Romanians to try to use alternative transportation means, or even walking, it is healthy and traffic decongest,” the head of state highlighted.
He added that riding a bicycle is “an excellent alternative” and is “very healthy”.
“You move much easier in traffic, and in reality you can get to work almost as quick as with the personal car, and a bit of rain never hurt anyone. So, even on a weather like this, you can ride your bike perfectly. Obviously, another alternative would be public transportation, but the authorities have a lot of work here as well. (…) Try to leave your personal car at home. Go via foot, bicycle or with public transportation. It is worth it, because this is how we will reduce pollution in our cities and the entire movement through the city will be much more relaxed and pleasant, let alone the health benefits for each of us, because we are moving a bit,” the president said, according to Agerpres.
Under the slogan “STOP! Today the car sits still”, the Ministry of Environment launched in March a campaign that encourages using alternative transportation by workers in public institutions, with the purpose of reducing pollution and carbon emission, implicitly.
“Green Friday” proposes that until the end of this year, at least one in four employees to arrive at work during the last workday on foot, via bicycle or with public transportation and thus to give up, for one day, their personal vehicle.