'Car-free Avenue' opens in Tartu ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Car-free Avenue (Autovabaduse puiestee) opened in Tartu on July 3.
Car-free Avenue (Autovabaduse puiestee) opened in Tartu on July 3. Source: Mana Kaasik

Tartu's 'Car-free Avenue' public space opened on Friday and traffic will be rerouted around the city until August 2.

The aim of 'Car-Free Avenue' is to create a safe public space, which offers exciting leisure opportunities and enlivens the city centre.

There will be a labyrinth of swings, a beach bar, outdoor reading room, picnic tables, meadow boxes with diverse flora, food trucks, a meeting area, market and flea market, programmes and workshops, a ping-pong table, an outdoor cinema, and more.

'Car-Free Avenue' activities will end at 10 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and 00.30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Police and security staff will be helping to maintain order in the area

'Car-Free Avenue' has been created on a section Vabaduse puiestee which runs along the riverside, as a result, a section of the road will be closed to traffic from Kaubamaja intersection to Kaarsild Bridge until August 6.

A map of the road changes which will be in place in Tartu during 'Car-Free Avenue'. Source: Tartu Linnavalitsus

During this time, traffic will move along Narva Highway, to which bus lines 6, 7 and 13, and night lines 21 and 22 have also been temporarily directed.

During that time, buses will not be stopping at the Raeplats and Vabaduse puiestee stops, the Palmihoone bus stop has been temporarily moved to Lai.

Travelling in the direction of the city centre, only buses from line No. 7 will stop at the Vene stop.

The car parks at Tartu Market Hall, Kaubamaja, and the City Library will remain open to cars.

Additional parking spaces will be created for tour buses by the monument to Oskar Luts, near the Magistri Street car park.

Three stopping places will be created for taxis at the Kaubamaja car park on Uueturu Street, and three spaces by the monument to Oskar Luts, near the Magistri Street car park.

Tartu2024 sign on 'Car-free Avenue' (Autovabaduse puiestee) in Tartu on July 3. Source: Mana Kaasik

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