"Paris breathes without a car" Sunday, September 18: a whole part of the day, the circulation of motorized vehicles will be prohibited within the French capital. The goal? enjoy“a quieter, livelier and more breathable city”, according to the town hallwhich has been organizing this operation since 2015.
Except on the ring road, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., "the whole city will be reserved for non-polluting traffic, bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, pedestrians and users of public transport", she explained in a press release. The only exceptions are emergency vehicles, buses, taxis and VTCs, with a speed limit of 20 km/h in certain areas, and Parisians returning from the weekend, on proof of address.
Two-wheelers and electric vehicles are affected by the ban. Offenders are liable to a fine of 135 euros.
In 2021, on the day of the same operation, nitrogen dioxide concentrations had been “almost 20% lower than on a usual Sunday”, according to the air quality observatory in the Paris region Airparif.
Musical bike parade and longboard ride
To facilitate travel, while many Parisian places will be open to visitors for Heritage Daysseven partner car parks will offer "a single price of 15 euros all day", and forty-five minutes will be free to use Vélib self-service bicycles.
Place de la Concorde, in the center of the capital, participatory bike repair workshops will be organized and an RATP stand will aim to "raise cyclists' awareness of the risks and dangers of the road in an urban environment".
A musical parade by bike, tandem or tricycle will set off from Pantin to reach the Place de la Concorde while a longboard ride will leave from the Trocadéro, in the west of Paris.
This day is part of the car space reduction policy of Mayor Anne Hidalgo (Socialist Party), re-elected in 2020. Paris has notably reserved several major axes for cyclists and pedestrians, closed certain streets to traffic every Sunday or one Sunday a month (perimeters “Paris Respire”) and paid for parking for two-wheelers with internal combustion engines since 1er september.