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Car-free Sunday falls in the middle of Mobility Week, which will take place from 16 to 22 September. “Remarkable is the large expansion of local residents during this edition of the Car Free Sunday”, says Sanne Vanderstraeten, project leader at Mobiel 21. “Play streets and neighborhood parties dominate the program. It is that simple for Hove and Aarschot to set up playing streets during the Car Free Sunday. And De Pinte organizes a Car-Free Neighborhood Day where local residents are given free rein.”
Car-Free Sunday also falls in the same period this year as the World Cycling Championship. Various Flemish host cities and municipalities, such as Bruges and Leuven, are doing everything they can during this cycling festival to give sustainable mobility a stage. They are making a special alternative for the Car Free Sunday in the context of the World Championship.
“Healthier air, more peace and space and safer traffic. A day without a king’s car hurts Damen’s ears, lungs and heart. A Car Free Sunday introduces people to sustainable solutions. It is the ideal opportunity to test different mobility alternatives, such as (electric) bicycles, e-steps and to learn more about shared mobility and public transport”, Vanderstraeten.
Car-free Sunday is also a value in the 19 Brussels municipalities. The Brussels region will once again be the largest car-free zone in Europe for a day.
The cities and municipalities that participate are Aarschot, Antwerp, Asse, Beveren, Boortmeerbeek, Brussels, De Pinte, Deinze, Dendermonde, Diest, Ghent, Grobbendonk, Vorselaar, Haacht, Haaltert, Heist-op-den-Berg, Hove, Ichtegem , Ypres, Kortrijk, Landen, Lier, Mechelen, Meise, Merelbeke, Oudenaarde, Roeselare, Rotselaar, Sint-Niklaas, Tienen, Tongeren, Turnhout, Veurne, Vilvoorde, Wevelgem, and Zottegem. Hasselt is already a Car-Free Sunday aimed at 12 September.