Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Venice imposing first-ever day-long motorboat ban


Venice, April 11 - For the first time in history
Venice has called for a day of no motorized traffic on the Grand
Canal in an effort to lower smog levels and the wear and tear on
the lagoon ecosystem.
"This effort serves to strengthen the commitment of the
city administration to fight pollution and the effects of
damaging wake," said Gianfranco Bettin, Venice environment
In addition to emitting smog, motorboats produce waves that
harm the fragile banks of Venice's canals.
The ban also applies to the Canal of Cannaregio, another
highly trafficked passageway.
At 11:00 there will be a procession of hybrid boats that
are both rowed and electric-powered.
Throughout the ban, ferry gondolas known as "traghetti"
will be free.

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