In Paris, this Sunday, September 19, the seventh edition of the Car-Free Day is taking place – now called the “Paris Breathe Car-Free Day”. Born under Anne Hidalgo’s first term, organized by the City of Paris, this day aims to make Parisian public space more pleasant and less polluted. “Parisians and visitors will be able to leave their car or their motor two-wheelers in the parking lot,” the town hall said in a statement. This day will take place throughout the capital. However, it excludes the area of the ring road which will remain passable for motorists.
Thus, from 11 am to 6 pm, the spaces usually intended for road traffic are left free for the benefit of so-called “soft” mobility (walking, running, rollerblading, cycling, etc.). Likewise, during this time slot, no personal motorized vehicle – cars and motorized two-wheelers, including electric models – will be allowed to circulate in the capital.
As a reminder, every first Sunday of the month, the center of the capital is already reserved for pedestrians and “soft” traffic.
During this Car-Free Day, certain motorized vehicles will still be allowed to circulate in the capital: emergency vehicles, public transport, tourist lines, taxis, VTCs and removal trucks. However, in the hyper-center (the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements), the Place de l’Etoile, the Champs-Élysées and in areas known as “Paris breathes”, no vehicles, except for buses. and taxis, will not be able to circulate because these sectors will be entirely pedestrianized. They must also not exceed 20 km / h.
In the rest of the Paris area, buses, emergency vehicles, taxis and VTCs may circulate, but with a maximum authorized speed limited to 30 km / h.
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Dams will be set up at the gates of the city to control motorists wishing to circulate in the capital during this day. For those who need to leave or return to their Parisian home, proof of address must be presented to the police. Any offender will be liable to a fine of 135 euros.
For their part, professionals who can justify an urgent intervention, such as plumbers or locksmiths, will have the right to move around, as will doctors at home. It will also be possible to move, upon presentation of a parking permit.