No parking in Palma for World Car Free Day

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TUESDAY is World Car Free Day, and Palma City Hall has announced that parking in the streets of the old part of the city will be banned.

The Mobility Department is celebrating events which start on Wednesday and will continue until Tuesday as part of the European Mobility Week.

The city hall wants to raise awareness about other ways of getting around and accessing the historical centre without using a private vehicle. The sa Riera and Manacor parking areas will be free on the day and anyone using the car parks will be given a return bus ticket. The Balearic Government is also participating by making the metro and train free on Tuesday. Parking meters will not work and will have a sign to guide people to free alternatives.

Residents will be allowed to park as usual.

The slogan for European Mobility Week this year is Choose, Change and Combine, and the city hall and regional government have organised around 30 activities.

On Saturday, Sustainable Mobility Day will be held in Avenida del Comte de Sallent from 10am to 7pm, with music, games and sports. There will also be a market with ecological produce and as it is also the Nit de l’Art cultural event, people will be encouraged to use bicycles to travel to museums and art galleries.

Art galleries, museums and studios open their doors for free from 7pm until around midnight and simultaneously inaugurate exhibitions, and there are also performances and events in the streets.

Friday is Parking Day, and areas which are usually used by cars will be used by associations for leisure activities. There will be a booth in Plaza de España, open from 10am to 8pm with information about public transport in Palma.

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