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70% air quality improvement on Car-Free Sunday

22:25 22/09/2019

Air quality in Brussels was 70% better because of Car-Free Sunday - but soon returned to normal when traffic resumed on Sunday evening.

Motor vehicles were banned in the capital on Sunday. Buses and taxis were limited to 30kph.

Frans Fierens, executive director of regional air quality monitoring unit Celine, said: "We are seeing a 70% drop in pollutants compared to other Sundays in Brussels."

But he added: "When the traffic resumes on Sunday night, the measurements quickly return to normal."

The Arts-Loi junction - which has the worst air pollution in Brussels - recorded its lowest nitrogen dioxide measurements of the year.

A long picnic table was set up on the Rue de la Loi on Sunday morning, offering coffee and croissants to 800 participants.

Photo: Belga/Hatim Kaghat

Written by The Bulletin

Comments

paradox

maybe Brussels should be closed to people...this way the air quality will really improve !

Sep 23, 2019 07:14
Frank Lee

If only they had built Brussels in the countryside... it would smell of dung instead of fuel.

Sep 23, 2019 11:48
rosemary.weston...

And in the meantime on Sunday it was hazardous for pedestrians as bike users keep to no rules of the road and we were in danger of being run over and sworn at!!!

Sep 24, 2019 09:46