Today, Sunday, September 27th 2015, our beloved city, Paris, will be a car-free zone. Not just one little road like the lovely Rue Cremieux, or even a big one like the Champs-Élysées, but great bustling swathes of the city. For once, Parisians won’t have to escape to the countryside during the weekend to get a breath of fresh air …
Between the hours of 1100 to 1800 on Sunday, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements, the very heart of the city, will be strictly car-free. A smattering of small areas away from the center, including the Left Bank between the Pont de Sully and the Pont de la Concorde bridges, the Champs-Élysées between Place de la Concorde and the George V Métro station) and the tourist area of Montmartre will also be part of the motor-free festivities.
Elsewhere in the city, cars will be “tolerated” with a poodling speed limit of 20kph. Naturally, some exceptions exist, including taxis, emergency vehicles and delivery trucks.
The city has planned a vast schedule of pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly live events and more information can be found here. An added bonus, public transport will be free for this occasion!
You will be able to find us scooting around on the Champs-Élysées later, say hi if you see us!