Bruges bans traffic from main streets on weekends
An urban development plan that includes more pedestrian areas and a renovation of ’t Zand sees Bruges' main thoroughfares closed to traffic on Saturdays and some Sundays
The first weekend affected is 6 and 7 February, which will see the city centre's main streets – Steenstraat (pictured), Geldmuntstraat, Noordzandstraat and Zuidzandstraat – closed to motorised traffic from 10.00 to 18.00. The ban also applies to the familiar horse-drawn carriages carrying tourists.
The streets affected lead directly to the city's historic centre. Tourists lodging in the centre can obtain a permit to drive to and from their hotels. Permits are also available for persons of limited mobility, and residents can obtain a temporary permit to use the streets when necessary. “With these measures we hope to make the new pedestrian zone in the city centre a safe and peaceful place for everyone,” said mobility alderwoman Annick Lambrecht.
The car-free weekends are part of a larger pedestrian plan in the city, which will also see a complete reconstruction of the major square ’t Zand, located next to the Concertgebouw. A mosaic will be created on the square, which will be completely open, with the central fountain being moved to another location. Once the Zand project is complete, cars will no longer be able to drive around the square.
Photo: Marc Ryckaert/Wikimedia
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