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Amsterdam Businesses Not Keen on Car-Free Sunday

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (22 August 2000) — Businesses in Amsterdam, arguably the world’s most bicycle-friendly city, are threatening to take the city to court over the car-free Sunday scheduled for 24 September. Amsterdam, one of hundreds of cities across Europe participating in the car-free Sunday, plans to close off the entire inner city to cars. The […]

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (22 August 2000) — Businesses in Amsterdam, arguably the world’s most bicycle-friendly city, are threatening to take the city to court over the car-free Sunday scheduled for 24 September. Amsterdam, one of hundreds of cities across Europe participating in the car-free Sunday, plans to close off the entire inner city to cars. The 1999 edition was so successful that this year the car-free Sunday will be a fully-fledged festival. This is exactly the problem, according to the Chamber of Commerce, the entrepreneurial organization MKB, restaurants and retail chains. They consider the area inaccessible to cars too large. They have turned to the courts in an attempt to cancel the car-free day. (JW)

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