Paris goes car-free for a day again on September 19, 2021

Published by My B., Caroline J. · Photos by My B. · Published on 20 September 2021 at 08h53
Paris goes car free on September 19, 2021 as part of an event called "Journée Paris Respire" or "Paris Breathes Day". For one day only, cars are banned from Paris. Parisians and tourists are invited to "discover Paris in a new light".

Since 2015, Paris authorities organize a car-free day: Paris without car. This new and 7th edition, renamed "Journée Paris Respire" or "Paris Breathes Day", takes place on Sunday September 19, 2021!

For 7 hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. cars are banned from Paris (excluding rings), letting bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, and pedestrians along with public transit users enjoy the city. Contraveners might be fined €135. But emergency vehicles, ambulances, buses, cabs and private hire are authorized to drive at 30km/h (18.64 mph) in the Paris Respire areas.

With this action, Paris will take the time to live without the unstopping noise of cars. And to show the impacts of the traffic on the pollution. According to AirParif controling the air quality, the rates of nitrogen dioxide are decreasing on these Car-free days, in comparison with the other Sundays over the year. About 7% less pollutant concentration in the air in Paris are noticed.

Be rest assured, there are exemptions if you need to go to the hospital in Paris or if you are back from a weekend getaway, but you will have to prove your credentials and a proof of address, and respect a limit of 30km/h (18.64 mph)...

Discovering a car-free Paris, enjoying calm streets and walking the usually-car-blocked streets promises some nice moments, right?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 19 September 2021
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.



    75 Paris


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