Paris, Brus­sels call for car-free day in Europe

Iran Daily - - Cultural Heritage & Environment -

Europe should hold an an­nual car-free day in a bid to ease air pol­lu­tion, the may­ors of Paris and Brus­sels said.

The call came in a joint state­ment by Paris Mayor Anne Hi­dalgo and her coun­ter­part in Brus­sels, Philippe Close, in which the two pointed to ‘the ur­gency of cli­mate is­sues and the health im­pact of pol­lu­tion’, re­ported.

Both cap­i­tals held their an­nual car-free day on Sun­day as part of the Euro­pean Her­itage Days 2018, a week­end of cul­tural events staged ev­ery year in coun­tries through­out the bloc.

In Paris, City Hall on Fri­day said six ar­eas at the heart of the cap­i­tal would re­main traf­fic-free on the first Sun­day of ev­ery month, in­clud­ing Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint-louis, Lou­vre, Opera, Chatelet and the Marais.

The plan will kick in from Oc­to­ber 7, with cars only al­lowed on the ma­jor roads cross­ing these neigh­bor­hoods.

Be­tween 2017 and 2018, car traf­fic in cen­tral Paris fell by 6.0 per­cent, which re­duced air pol­lu­tion ‘by a com­pa­ra­ble pro­por­tion’, City Hall said, de­scrib­ing it as a ‘record’ drop.

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