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    Car Free Sunday in Brussels

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    Thousands of cyclists will descend on the streets of the capital on Sunday 17 September as part of the 17th edition of Car Free Sunday. Numerous activities are organized during this day, considered to be the flagship event of the Mobility Week, which takes place from 16 to 22 September.

    Unlike similar initiatives organized in the 1970s to raise awareness of the oil crisis, the latest rounds of Car Free Sunday are meant to make the general public reflect on the current use of cars and fossil fuels in transport and on current and future alternatives such as car-free zones, car sharing, zero-emission vehicles and electric road systems.

    In practice, the entire Brussels Region will be closed to traffic from 9.30 am to 7 pm. Vehicles authorized to travel in Brussels must comply with the maximum speed of 30 km per hour. The public transport of STIB and De Lijn will be free.

    Numerous events will be organized in the capital. The Brussels-Champêtre festival in the Royal Park will offer family activities, concerts and a fair of artisanal producers. There will also be many bike events organized as part of Bike Brussels 2017, the “first urban bike show”.

    The Heritage Days (Journées du Patrimoine) in the Brussels-Capital Region will take place on 16 and 17 September and will have as its theme “Nature in the city”.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times