This is the challenge that the City of Paris has taken up for the third consecutive year. With the “Day without my car” on Sunday 1st October, the municipality intends to remind everyone that the fight against global warming and for a healthy city remains one of its priorities. This is a position that can only be welcomed by a city where the first universal climate agreement, the Accord of Paris, was signed in December 2015.
It was in 2015 that the first car-free day took place in Paris, as if to affirm the commitment of the capital and all the French people in the fight against global warming. For this 3rd edition, the whole Parisian metropolitan area, and not just a few districts, will be closed to vehicles from 11 a. m. to 6 p. m. A strong message for Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, who wants to prove that the city can live differently.
Breathing cleaner air, making public spaces more accessible to users of soft mobility, reducing noise pollution are the objectives of this car-free day. And the results are there! By 2016, according to Airparif, pollution in the neighbourhoods concerned had fallen from 19% to 27%.
The fight against climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our century for the entire international community. Paris sets an example with the “Day without my car” event! It invites Parisians and tourists to reinvest the city, to change their behaviour.
This Sunday, October 1st, priority is given to pedestrians, bicycles, rollerblades and scooters. Only taxis, buses, delivery vehicles and, of course, emergency services will benefit from a derogation. The ring road, limited to 70 km/h, and the Vincennes and Boulogne woods will also remain open.