News of: Monday, September 14 2009,
On Sunday, Amsterdam will again be car-free for a day, between 10am and 5pm.
This means that cars and motor bikes can not enter the city, into the
area within the ring road A10.
Car and motor bikes can leave the city, or drive in it, when they are
already in town.
The car-free Sunday is also a party: many events are organized on the
streets, that are made possible because there is no car traffic.
An interesting event is 'Electric Avenue' at Marie Heinekenplein (in De Pijp, near the Albert Cuypmarket), where all kinds of electric
vehicles can be tried (Location).
Parking on one of P+R locations at the borders of the city will be
free for the day (they will be sign-posted).
Many cities around the world have a car-free Sunday. The goal for
Amsterdam is to promote moving on foot, by bicycle and public
transport, thereby also producing cleaner air.
Exceptions are made for taxis (this means you can take a taxi from the
airport, if you arrive on September 20. There is also a very good
train service between the airport and Amsterdam Central Station.
In previous years, the car-free Sunday has led to some aggression at
the road blocks around the city, as many drivers were unaware of the
car-free day. Amsterdam has therefore decided to put a lot more effort
into information and communication.
More information (in Dutch only) is on the
PDF map of the events, plus the P+R locations where
you can park your car and recieve public transport tickets.