June 2012—several thousand people gathered in Brussels for a giant picnic to advocate/demand more public space and accessability for pedestrians and cyclists in their city. From the polis blog:

“The open space in front of the Stock Exchange, right in the heart of Brussels, is officially called a square (plein or place). In reality, people only have a sidewalk a bit wider than average to stroll beside a four-lane thoroughfare that bisects the city center north to south.

The “square” is usually unpleasant because of car exhaust and engine roars. Last Sunday at noon, however, residents — mostly families — invaded the public space with a picnic.

“We want to give the city back to the people,” said a young woman from her deckchair”

[1] polisblog, 13.06.12. [2] [3]