Since 2015, Paris authorities organize a car-free day: Paris without car. This year, the day will be held on Sunday September 27, 2020!
For 7 hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. cars are banned everywhere in Paris (excluding ring and forest). 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 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)...
To encourage people to let their cars parked, very attractive rates (-30 to -40% than normal rates) are available on the occasion in many paid parking lots in the city provided by Indigo and SAEMES.
The previous years, the success has been so huge that picnics took place in the streets:
Discovering a car-free Paris, enjoying calm streets and walking the usually-car-blocked streets promises some nice moments, right? So, where are you enjoying your daily walk?
Dates and Opening Time
On 27 September 2020
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Conduite limitée à 30km/h pour les véhicules d'urgence