Car-free Brussels for a day
Cars were banished from the streets of Brussels and 25 other Flemish towns and cities on Sunday.22 September 2008
BRUSSELS -- Greater Brussels banished private cars, vans and trucks from the region's roads on Sunday as part of the European Mobility Week.
It's the seventh consecutive year that Greater Brussels which is made up of 19 municipalities has organised a car-free day. The theme of this year's car-free day is sustainable transport and respect for the environment.
On Sunday, from 9am to 7pm, cyclists, pedestrians, equestrians and skaters have the freedom of the capital's roads. All cars except buses, taxis and emergency and public service vehicles were barred from driving on the roads.
Public transport in Brussels was free on Sunday as the city wanted to encourage people to take trams, buses and metro trains.
Several large car parks are available at the edge of the city and free-shuttle buses have been laid on between the car-parks and the centre of Brussels.
A host of activities including pony rides and cycling lessons was also organised at locations across the city.
Motorways into the capital are closed from the Brussels orbital motorway. The orbital motorway itself remains open.
Not only in Brussels
Outside the capital, a total 25 of Flemish towns and cities also organised car-free days as part of the European Mobility Week.
Cities that took part include Antwerp, Bruges (West Flanders) and Mechelen (Antwerp province). Entrance to all of Bruges' museums was free for the day.
text: flandersnews.be / Expatica
photo credit: Andy Carling
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