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Milan Bans Cars for a Day

January 16, 2000

MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Milanese took to bicycles, skates and their own feet on a carless Sunday to fight pollution.

Some 600 traffic police were stationed at intersections to make sure the few drivers who ventured out were among the exceptions to the ban. Those exempt included doctors and diplomats.

Some smaller cities near Milan, including lakeside Como, which is usually clogged with cars on Sunday, also declared Sunday as carless day.

Starting in February, several other Italian cities will hold carless Sundays once a month in an effort to reduce pollution levels and encourage citizens to use public transportation instead of their own vehicle.

Milan and Como will also limit car use this Monday.

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