News of: Friday, September 16 2005,
On Sunday September 18 there is the usual yearly car free Sunday in Amsterdam.
However, this year the area in which cars are not allowed is smaller than ever: only the medieval heart of the city centre is barred for cars.
This is the part that is enclosed by Central Station - Damrak - Rokin - Nieuwe Doelenstraat - Kloveniersburgwal - Nieuwmarkt square - Geldersekade. This is just the Red Light District plus a bit more (see map).
This area is closed off for cars from 9am to 5pm. Emergency vehicles are permitted.
The city says it is a matter of money - expanding the car free area would cost more than the E 75.000 which is allocated.
The day is part of a world-wide initiative, called European Mobility Week (although the list of participating countries is not restricted to European countries).
See also our previous article on the subject.