One of the most difficult (and stressful) things to deal with in big cities is gridlock. We're talking about traffic—all that roadway-congesting, noisy, bumper-to-bumper frustration that can eke the joy and beauty out of any commute, road trip or city break. Local government officials in Paris seem just as fed up—and so this year, for the second year in a row, they've declared Sunday, September 25, the day of Journee Sans Voiture, a.k.a. "Car Free Day." Here's how it all went down last year:
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According to the city's official website, "After the success of the Car Free Day last year, the City renews this year's event, expanding the scope to multiply by five the controlled sector in central Paris. Educating residents on the need to change their position vis-à-vis behavior of the car is one of the objectives of the day, which also aims to be a symbol to show that cities can and must invent concrete situations to fight against pollution air-related traffic."