Today’s Editorial Sept. 26: Consider car-free days

High season for tourism is right around the corner for the Cayman Islands.

That means more people will be crowding our sidewalks, bustling along our downtown streets and filling our shops.

It also means that those of us who live and work in the Cayman Islands and find it necessary to trek downtown will have to employ a little more patience and understanding.

We can all agree that driving in downtown George Town on just about any given day is a daunting challenge.

Add thousands of tourists to the mix and the task becomes an exercise in frustration.

Maybe it’s time for the Cayman Islands to borrow an idea from our European friends.

The idea of car-free days is slowly catching on in places like Copenhagen Denmark.

Copenhagen recently imposed a three-day ban on motorized traffic, which, if successful, could lead to a permanent prohibition of cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Cities throughout Europe participated in a car-free week and many motorists participated – happily or not.

Of course excellent public transportation schemes must be in place for such an idea to work in larger cities.

The idea of a car-free day would have to be embraced by the Government, businesses and, of course, drivers.

But there is already a reasonably simple solution to the traffic problems in George Town.

We could all work together and team up to carpool.

It is rare to see a vehicle filled to the brim with people during rush hour.

Not only would car pooling help with traffic woes, think what it would do to help the environment. There would be fewer emissions, which would mean cleaner air.

And imagine what car pooling could do for our collective nerves. Putting an end to road rage would go a long way to restoring calm and good driving habits in this country.

There is a solution to the traffic problem in the Cayman Islands.

We just have to all work together to pull it off.

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