Task：On the vehicle-free day, private cars, trucks and motorcycles are banned in the city centre while the public transport is permitted such as bicycles, buses and taxis. Do the benefits of the vehicle-free day outweigh the disadvantages?
As you have got accustomed to the annoying noise produced by the cars running along the street, can you imagine a quiet day without cars? Actually this has already been practiced throughout the world. Last year, September 22 was set as ideas the “vehicle-free day”, when people were encouraged to walk, ride the bicycle, or take public transportation such as the bus, the taxi and the metro rather than drive their own cars.
Personally, I believe this “vehicle-free day” can bring about a host of positive effects. At the most basic level, people can enjoy a quiet day. Without the cars hustling and roaring, the city will become a much more peaceful and cleaner place to live in, but to most city dwellers, this seems to be a dream that will never come true. What is more, on this special day, the awareness will dawn on people that they should no longer take for granted their life with cars. They will be made to understand that the benefits of driving cars do not come without prices. Cars, for example, emit greenhouse gas, produce huge noises, pollute the air and cause traffic congestion and even dangers that may threaten our lives. Once they realize these hazards, they may minimize the use of their cars and then the condition of the city will be improved.
Undoubtedly, the “vehicle-free day” may also cause problems. The most immediate one is that, when people do not drive their cars, the public transportation system may subject to tremendous pressure. If not planned carefully enough, this well-intended day may turn out a disaster to the city commuters. Fortunately, there do exist solutions to this problem. For instance, we can encourage people to ride bicycles or work at home whenever possible on this day.