Traffic will be banned from Milan’s streets (except for exempt categories) from 10.00 to 18.00 on Sunday 9 June for the fourth DomenicAspasso of the year.
This pedestrian Sunday is dedicated to recycling, and a “swap fair” in Piazza Beccaria will encourage residents to bring their unused or unwanted articles and trade them for other items without spending a cent. Participants must register first on the festival website.
Other events will include the “Area P” poetry initiative, with readings and performances in the city hall in Palazzo Marino, including a reading of his own works by poet Aldo Nove at 10.30. Invitations are available from the Urban Centre in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
There will also be a kids’ activity centre in the courtyard of city hall, with storytelling by actors in mediaeval costume at 11.30, 15.30 and 17.00, while free tram rides with clowns and magicians will run between Piazza Castello and Piazza Fontana.
Other events will include an exhibition and workshops on solar energy in Cascina Cuccagna, a slalom skateboarding championship with world champions taking part, musical events for children in galleries and churches throughout the city, and free guided visits with piucnic in the Montanelli botanical gardens in via Palestro.
A rich programme of all the events for kids and adults throughout the day is available on the dedicated page of the city administration website.
A single ticket will be valid all day long on the city and suburban lines operated by ATM. There will also be a free one-day BikeMi bike-sharing pass, and a special offer of €25 for an annual BikeMi pass, down from the regular price of €36.
However, this marks the last of this year’s DomenicAspasso, despite the optimistic programme published earlier in the year. Councillor Chiara Bisconti announced that future traffic-free Sundays will be planned on an ad hoc basis, and the events for 8 September, 13 October and 17 November are on hold. Not only is the administration having difficulty finding the resources to finance the events: each traffic-free Sunday costs some €250,000 for overtime pay for traffic police and loss in revenue for public transport tickets. There is also a growing discontent among residents who object to the initiative. Councillor Pierfrancesco Maran, in charge of city mobility, said, “Traffic-free Sundays are just one a month. For those who don’t agree, the sacrifice is limited, while for those in favour it’s a way to discover a more livable city.”