This Sunday, 22nd of September, will take place the annual Car Free Day in Brussels. From 9.30 am to 7 pm the circulation of all cars will be forbidden, except for public transports, taxis, coaches, rescue services, public utility vehicles, diplomatic corps, disabled people and cars with a special pass (that has to be requested before the 19thof September at the municipal administration). In any case, the speed limit will be of 30 km/h. Bicycles and scooters will be free to circulate as well, while electric bicycles that can reach the 45 km/h will have to obtain an exemption.
Unlike official taxis, Uber vehicles won’t be able to circulate in the city: “A few weeks ago, we communicated to the Uber drivers that they won’t be able to circulate on Sunday, unless they’ll be in possession of a specific authorization,” explained the spokesman of Brussels Mobility, Camille Thiry, to La Capitale.
As every year, the STIB will offer its services for free. Anyway, since its buses will have to circulate, like all the other vehicles, at 30 km/h the timetable cannot be respected.
De Lijn buses will be free, as well, for all the rides within the 19 communes of Brussels.
For those who don’t live in Brussels, but want to reach the capital by train, the SNCB propose a Mobility Ticket. For that day, it will be possible to travel in Belgium with no limits for just 6 euros.
In case you prefer to come to Brussels by car, all the entrances to the city will remain open to permit the vehicles to reach the six car parks available. All car parks will be free for the occasion, except for parking C of Heysel (10 euros all day) , and for the car park in the Westland Shopping Center (5 euros all day).
The other car parks available (with limited capacity) are:
Parkings UCL sur le site de Bruxelles Woluwe
Parking Brico Plan-t
The day is also going to be full of activities to celebrate and sensitize on the topic of mobility.
At Place Royale, Place des Palais e Parc Royale, will take place the event Bucolic Brussels. Between 10 am and 7 pm it will be possible to find food trucks, brewers, children’s activities, shows, artisans, associations and much more.
At place De Brouckère, it will be set the “Mobilxmix Village” where it will be possible to have a scooter ride and receive some knowledge about road safety.
As for every year, the STIB is going to open the doors of its deposit in Ixelles between 10 am and 4 pm.
Finally, it will be possible for runners to participate to the 20 km of Brussels but… upside down. In fact, the race will follow the opposite direction of the official 20 km.
To know all the activities organized in the 19 communes of Brussels Region visit the website of the Mobility Week.