As we have previously reported, Strætó (Reykjavík’s bus service) has been planning a new service whereby on days of high air pollution, dubbed “Grey days” they would offer free transport on their busses.
City Health officials have forecast that today will be one of these grey days and as such owners of the Strætó bus app will find that they have access to a one-day pass. This pass will be valid throughout Monday the 8th of April and it is hoped that by offering these free passes people will forego their cars and perhaps assist in the reduction of air pollution.
In fact, Strætó, the Environment Agency of Iceland, Reykjavík Health officials and other agencies are calling out to people for support on this cause. They are requesting that on these “Grey Days” people will instead of driving choose something more environmentally friendly such as walking, cycling or making use of the free bus ticket on offer in the Strætó bus app. To try and spread the word of this trend they are employing the use of the hashtag ‘#grárdagur’ on social media.
The spokesman for Strætó, Guðmundur Heiðar Helgason, also wanted to emphasise that despite the name, Grey Days are actually fantastic days for walking or cycling. He mentions that the weather on days like this tends to be dry and calm which of course makes for ideal walking conditions.
The Strætó bus app is available on both Apple as well as Andriod and you can read more about what is on offer here.
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