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Event History and Concept

to raise interest for riding bikes around the city, promote sustainable mobility in Marrakech

“A Day Without Cars” is a promotional event held every year since 2010 in Marrakech. This event is organized and hosted by Mawarid and its partners to raise interest for riding bikes around the city, promote sustainable mobility in Marrakech and show the environmental benefits of cycling vs. driving.

This is a 12 Kilometer ride and proceeds from bike rentals are donated to local charities. The first iteration was on Earth Day 2010 and has quickly become an anticipated event. Marawid starts promoting “A Day Without Cars” three months before the event. They use a variety of resources consisting of social media, word of mouth, and local news programs. This event has grown over the last four years and to date has had approximately 830 riders participate.

Marawid would like to see this event grow to about 1,000 participants a year. Marawid has a long term goal of having the Marrakech adapt a sustainable transportation system that would support bicycling within the city and other alternative clean transportation modes. Mawarid would also like this event to grow to a level will have international dimensions and that it will also gain attention from politicians and be a tourist attraction in Marrakech.

Goals

The goal for having “A Day Without Cars” is to reduce the environmental impact and reduce air pollution from cars in Marrakech (reduce Green House Gasses (GHG) that enter the atmosphere) .One also of Marawid’s many goals is to have the city of Marrakech support and implement a sustainable transportation plan. However, there are multiple benefits from cycling. Bicycling supports the economy and has health and environmental benefits. These benefits are provided while saving space because bikes take up a fraction of the space that cars and trucks require. Marrakech has optimal riding conditions, as the summers are warm, the winter months are mild and the terrain is completely flat.

Marawid also brings attention to the tools that can help the city of Marrakech incorporate a bike friendly environment. These tools consist of having bike lanes, access to bike rentals, safer riding conditions and more areas to secure bikes around the city. Some of these steps call for major infrastructure changes, while others have less of an impact but still provide major benefits. Bike lanes may have the most impact on the infrastructure due to the need to have bike lanes connect common places that are traveled to daily (Bautz, 2011).

Marawid is leading the movement to show the need for a more sustainable transportation system, but the demand for change should come from the people of Marrakech. There is clear momentum and interest from the people that are willing to pedal for sustainable transportation

Charitable donations

Mawarid provides participants with affordable bicycles and "A Day Without Cars 2015" t-shirts for sale at a nominal fee at the start of the bicycle tour. The goal of the event is to encourage everyone, including those without bicycles to participate and support the association’s various environmental activities.

All bicycle rental revenues and t-shirt sales will be used to sustain local associations and strengthen Mawarid’s environmental commitment and activities.

Day without Car Marrakesh 2015 [Official Teaser -Mawarid]

 

How to participate

The “A Day Without Cars” event is open to the public. All you need to do is to bring your bike!

If you don’t have a bike, Association Mawarid’s partners, Argan Xtreme Sports and Atlas Sport, have a limited stock of bikes available for rent.

Participants who reserve bikes between May 23rd and May 27th will receive a confirmation allowing them to pick up a bike in Gueliz at the Place 16 Novembre (next to the Harti Garden) on the evening of May 28th. To reserve a bike, please  click the “Reserve a Bike” tab at the bottom of the page to download and complete the reservation form.

You will be asked to present a photo ID to pick up your bike. All rented bikes should be returned immediately following the event on May 29th.

Team

Team

IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST GO ALONE
IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR GO TOGHETHER

We will not succeed in establishing a sustainable cycling culture in Marrakech based solely on an annual bicycling event "Car Free Day" or even a political support for sustainable mobility. Adopting a healthy lifestyle requires that we change our actions.

Education plays a crucial role in this regard. As such, it is necessary to expose everyone in the City about the value of environmental stewardship and sustainable mobility.

In this context, Mawarid is organizing environmental educational programs in schools throughout Marrakesh that target the following outcomes:

1.  Train educators and coaches to convey environmental  
     education to the youth using slides and audio-visual aids 
     provided by Mawarid.
 
2.  Promote and encourage children to plant trees to 
     mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions
 
3.  Inform and educate children about the benefits and 
     practice of sustainable mobility that respect the environ
     ment and road safety
 
4.  Propose innovative learning materials for children that 
     encourage environmental stewardship

 

Advovacy

Raising awareness about
sustainable mobility

We will not succeed in establishing a sustainable cycling culture in Marrakech based solely on an annual bicycling event "Car Free Day" or even a political support for sustainable mobility. Adopting a healthy lifestyle requires that we change our actions.

Education plays a crucial role in this regard. As such, it is necessary to expose everyone in the City about the value of environmental stewardship and sustainable mobility.

In this context, Mawarid is organizing environmental educational programs in schools throughout Marrakesh that target the following outcomes:

 

1.  Train educators and coaches to convey environmental  
     education to the youth using slides and audio-visual aids 
     provided by Mawarid.
 
2.  Promote and encourage children to plant trees to 
     mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions
 
3.  Inform and educate children about the benefits and 
     practice of sustainable mobility that respect the environ
     ment and road safety
 
4.  Propose innovative learning materials for children that 
     encourage environmental stewardship

 

Bike Decorating Contest

The event that celebrates bikes is back again - the 6th Annual “A Day Without Cars” will be held this year on Sunday, May 29th, and Association Mawarid is making the event even more fun and unique this year by inviting all participants to decorate their bikes – Moroccan-style! – and show during the ride!

All that is required to participate in the “Marrakesh Bike Style” challenge is for you to decorate your bike, using inspiration from Moroccan culture, photograph it and send your photo to our e-mail address: asso.mawarid@gmail.com. A jury will select the best-decorated bike from among all entrants! We hope that all contest participants will also join us at Place 16 Novembre to show off their bikes before the ride that starts at 10 a.m.!

Association Mawarid and participants in the 12-kilometer “A Day Without Cars” ride will be striving to make Marrakech cleaner and calmer for all residents on Sunday, May 29! We welcome you to join us to share in the fun and create memories with your friends, family and the wider Marrakesh community, so mark your calendar, decorate your bike, and may the best bike win!

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