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Friday, 22 September, 2000, 18:53 GMT 19:53 UK
In pictures: Drivers abandon their cars
Drivers in 813 cities in over 30 countries around the world have been taking part in an international car-free day aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues.

Margot Wallstroem gives a lift to Belgium's Minister for Transportation, Isabelle Durant
EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstroem (right) declared the day a success, despite jams in some European cities

Cyclist rides on a car-free street in central Athens
Greece was participating in the day for the first time, with 58 municipalities limiting or completely blocking traffic

Anti-car placard set up by Greens in Strasbourg
"There's more to life than the car," reads a placard erected by French Greens in Strasbourg

Parisian skater
Parisians heeded the Greens' message - some choosing, literally, to get their skates on

Cyclist rides on empty Zurich streets
Cars were nowhere to be seen on the streets of Zurich, making for an easy ride for the city's cyclists

Cyclists race through Tel Aviv
Bikes also ruled Tel Aviv's streets for once, instead of cars. Plans have been proposed to end the jams, but none implemented

Chuan Leekpai rides to work at Government House
In Thailand, Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai joined in, riding his bicycle to work in protest against high oil prices

Traffic jam in central Bangkok
However traffic ground to a halt as roads were blocked along the PM's route. Critics accused Mr Chuan of political gesturing

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22 Sep 00 | Asia-Pacific
Thai PM gets on his bike
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