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“Day without my car” in Paris: how to use it

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – BERTRAND GUAY – | The Place de la Bastille, Paris, on a day without a car, on September 27, 2015

The whole of Paris will be banned on Sunday from the traffic of cars and two-wheelers motorized for the third “Day without my car”, with the exception of public transport, relief and rare special cases.

– Where and when traffic is prohibited?

“The whole of the territories of Paris” is prohibited to the circulation Sunday from 11H00 to 18H00, according to the City council. This perimeter includes all intramural Paris. Traffic is allowed on the inside and outside peripherals and in the woods of Vincennes and Boulogne so as not to penalize too much commuting from the suburbs to the suburbs. Within these forests, certain areas will be closed to traffic, but within the usual framework of the “Paris Respire” system, which prohibits certain roads on the Sunday and public holidays. In previous editions, traffic was prohibited on smaller perimeters of the capital.

– Which vehicles can / can not travel?

The capital will be closed to traffic for all motorized vehicles of private individuals (car, motorbike, scooter, …) but also for vehicles free rental, type Autolib or Cityscoot. Public transport, emergency, rescue and emergency vehicles, as well as taxis and VTC will be allowed to circulate but at 30km / h maximum.

– Are derogations possible?

In principle, no derogation will be issued at the request of the City Council. Diplomatic or press vehicles will also be prohibited from circulating. However, moving vehicles with a parking permit, Bigbus and Opentour coaches, Ouibus and Flixbus transport (only to Pershing or Bercy bus stations), medical care providers, parking card holders handicapped persons and professionals who have to make a delivery and present a proof, will be able to circulate in their sectors concerned.

Similarly, access to health centers will remain allowed in case of appointments in the hospital or in exceptional cases such as childbirth, and for which the police officers will act with “discernment”.

– Will public transport be strengthened?

There is no provision for reinforcement by RATP, particularly in its bus offering. Public transport will run “like a normal Sunday”. Rates will remain unchanged.

– Who will control the traffic ban?

According to Christophe Najdovski, deputy EELV to the Transport of the mayor PS Anne Hidalgo, “1,000 people” will be mobilized to ensure the day’s running smoothly. Among them, “560 municipal officers” of the Directorate of Prevention, Security and Protection (DPSP) and “about 400 agents” of the prefecture, half of them deployed in “flying patrols”. The doors of Paris will be blocked by 113 filtering dams, installed at the exits of the peripheral.

Contraventions of category 4 (ie 135 euros, or 90 if the contravention is paid within 15 days) are provided for drivers who do not respect the municipal by-law. But “the objective is not to sanction,” insists Mr Najdovski, pleading for a day “playful and friendly”.

– How will the effect on pollution and noise be measured?

The Airparif association will make a first point on the air quality in “end of day”, and will update these results with the last hours. A bicycle equipped with measuring instruments will also circulate in Paris to raise awareness of the inhabitants. The Bruitparif observatory will install “11 measurement stations” in the capital, and will broadcast real-time and online comparative results with the previous Sunday.

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