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Bolivia's "Day of the Pedestrian".

On 4 September 2011 motor vehicle traffic came to a stop across Bolivia for the Day of the Pedestrian. News reports estimate at least 2 million cars were taken off the streets in nine cities, and public transit came to a halt. (7) Air pollution is a serious problem in Bolivian cities more than 2,000 m above sea level: some locations have PM]0 levels more than twice the average for Latin America and the Caribbean. (8)


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Title Annotation:The Beat
Author:Dooley, Erin E.
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Geographic Code:3BOLI
Date:Oct 1, 2011
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