Cars were banned in Rome, Milan and other Italian cities Sunday, leaving residents to walk, ride bikes or use public transportation.

The ban on cars and motor scooters, lasting most of the day, was put into place to lower pollution levels. There was no exemption for soccer fans going to stadiums, but public transportation was increased.

Some people resorted to riding bikes or using roller blades on what was a sunny day in both Rome and Milan. Other cities banning cars were Brescia, Como and Varese in the Lombardy region.

The ban, the first in 2007, is often implemented by Italian cities during winter.