Since 2015, Paris authorities organize a car-free day: Paris without car. This year, the day will be held on Sunday September 22, 2019!
For 7 hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. cars are forbidden in ALL Paris (excluding ring and forest), but emergency vehicles, ambulances, buses, cabs and private hire are authorized to drive at 30km/h (18.64 mph)!
Paris will take the time to live without the unstopping noise of cars. This year, the slot leaves people the time to leave the city with their cars in the morning and to come back before nightfall.
According to Paris mayor deputy entrusted with transportations and public area Christophe Najdovski: "The 'Journée sans voitures' [Car-free Day] enables us to see another city, quieter and less polluted".
Be rest assured, there are exemptions if you need to go to the hospital in Paris or take grandma to the country, but you will have to prove your credentials and a proof of address, a good reason (a parking card for people with disabilities, a sick baby or just a woman in labor) and to respect a limit of 30km/h (18.64 mph)...
The previous years, the success has been so huge that picnics happened in the streets:
Please note that on the occasion, some will enjoy the day to promote green tourism and opening the way to many good deals, especially during this European Heritage Day and the European Week for mobility.
For instance, the "Paris sans voiture" group will transform the Faubourg Saint Denis neighborhood by setting up an Avenue des Sportifs, a Rue des Mobilités douces, a Rue de la Danse and a shopping street called "Zéro Déchet"!
Then, rollerskating dans will have a very beautiful path covering the 40km of the Paris Rollers Marathon 2019!
Discovering a car-free Paris, seeing bike riders going up Rue de Rivoli in the other way, enjoying calm streets, strolling around on the asphalt usually taken over by cars and seeing Parisians settling down on avenues to enjoy free animations… So many pictures are to be taken!
What about a quiet walk?
On 22 September 2019
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Conduite limitée à 30km/h pour les véhicules d'urgence