Ever wondered what wandering around Paris would be like if you didn’t have to worry about motorists? Well, good news—that fantasy is going to be a reality for one glorious Sunday this September!
Private cars will be banned in most parts of the city on September 25 starting from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., inviting pedestrians, skateboarders, and cyclists to enjoy a peaceful and quiet Paris.
This special Car Free Day or Journée Sans Voiture is the brainchild of Paris San Voitures, a local NGO that wants locals and tourists to “reclaim Paris and liberate the streets.”
The NGO put forward its bold proposal to the city’s mayor in August 2014. It wanted to open the streets up for all kinds of activities like fun picnics, music festivals, sports and games, and help people realize that there are plenty of advantages to limiting car use.
Paris San Voitures got permission to organize a car-free day in September last year, and this year marks the city’s second annual Car Free Day. With the help of police and around 100 municipal workers, all of the city’s major roads will be free of traffic jams, honking, noxious exhaust fumes, and all the other little inconveniences that are typically caused by too many cars running in one place.
If you’re planning a trip to Paris soon, make sure you don’t miss out on this amazing car-free day!