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As we approach the holiday season, many of you will be out and about, dining with friends, partying in town, or having a drink after work with colleagues.

If you’re planning to have a drink, be sure to plan ahead and make arrangements for your return home — if you’re driving, then you need to remain below the legal limit (Swiss limits and French limits) and if you’re not, then you need to make sure you have a sensible means of transport back home.



If you can’t rely on friends to give you a lift home, and if public transport is not an option, think about putting some extra money in your wallet for a Swiss taxi or French taxi home. At this time of year, fees can be extremely high, so be prepared.

When your plans change, and you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, having set out in your car but having drunk more than the legal limit, DO NOT be tempted to get into your car and drive home. Instead, call up Nez Rouge, a volunteer organization set up in 1990, which will arrange for a driver to come out and meet you, and drive your car home! In French, Nez Rouge translates as Red Nose... a double meaning for a drunken person's red tinted nose and the Christmas story of Rudolf, the red-nosed reindeer.

When you call up their free number, 0800 802 208, Nez Rouge will send two volunteers to drive your car home (one driving and one assisting at the back of the car), both of whom will be followed by another driver in a Nez Rouge car who will return all volunteers back to base.



If you want to keep track of Santa Claus/Father Christmas this month you must add this website (www.noradsanta.org) to your favorite’s list! On the 24th December check the website on a regular basis to see where Santa has been sighted. Your kids will bubble with excitement! Don't forget that there is still a lot to see on the website before Christmas.

Note: The website also has delightful stories about Santa, full explanations about how they do it (NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa - radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft), a countdown from now until Christmas eve, videos, games, and songs.

Based on historical data and more than 50 years of NORAD tracking information, we believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of children throughout the world.

Santa Claus is known by many names, including Saint Nick. Historians claim that the history of Santa starts with the tradition of Saint Nicholas, a 4th century Christian priest who lived in the Middle East in an area of present-day Turkey who became famous for his kindness. He was known for giving gifts to the less fortunate, sprinkling gifts of gold down people's chimneys and hiding surprises in their stockings.

Track Santa on the fly with mobile apps for Apple and Android telephones as well.


The autoroute vignette, which is necessary for those who travel on any portion of the Swiss autoroute (highway/motorway), will be available at gas/petrol stations, shops, tabac/kiosks, border crossings, post offices, and other locations as of 1 December 2024. The price is once again Fr. 40.- for the calendar year, and you have until 31 January 2024 to display it on your windscreen. The 2023 is still valid until end of January as well. Once the first of February rolls around, anyone not displaying the 2024 vignette or have their vehicle registered online by the e-vignette will receive a fine of Fr. 200.-.

Drivers must remove expired stickers from the windshield to avoid obstructing visibility. Kits with a scraper are sold separately or with the vignette to help remove the old stickers. The best time to remove them is when the weather is cold so the glue doesn't stay on the windscreen. However, if some glue remains, just cover with the new vignette.


Introduction of the electronic vignette

The electronic vignette was in function since August 2023. The e-vignette will not replace the current sticker, says the Office fédéral de la douane et de la sécurité des frontières (OFDF). The two models can both be used. The e-vignette will be available through this website as well as many others from 1 December 2023. But check that the price does not exceed the recommended price of Fr. 40.- as we have noticed extra fees (up to Fr. 55.-) on some sites.

When you register your car's number plate into the system, the e-vignette is valid for that vehicle.



On the afternoon of Friday, 27 October 2023, the TPG (Transports Publics Genève) and the AGMT (Association genevoise du musée des tramways) will exceptionally open the doors of their exhibition "Mobility at the heart of Heritage" that is running through 5 November 2023.

It traces 120 years of public transport history in Geneva (from CGTE to TPG), from the construction of the Jonction building to the present day, and also sketches out the future of mobility, through various cross-cutting themes (changing working conditions, the social dimension of the company, crisis periods, women's careers, public transport as an urban planning tool, etc.).

Aimed at a wide audience, the exhibition is rich in iconographic elements, archive documents, oral history testimonials from pensioners and films.


Silent procession on Sunday, 10 September 2023 at 15h

PRO VELO Genève is shocked by the accidents that have claimed the lives of three cyclists in just four months. The association is calling on the public to take part in a silent bicycle procession, and to make a solemn appeal to the authorities, who have so far remained silent.

Since the beginning of 2023, 6 people have died on Geneva's roads, half of them cyclists1 2 3. PRO VELO Genève calls on the authorities to take the measure of these disgraceful events, particularly two caused by rodeo riders or those heavily intoxicated. In 2022, alcohol-related accidents increased by 15% (Road Police report). The association has been fighting for years, constantly alerting the communes and the Canton to ill-conceived or unsafe development projects.

PRO VELO Genève is calling on the new cantonal authorities to draw up an action plan to protect cyclists, with campaigns to prevent and punish road users, and an ambitious policy of continuous, safe, segregated lanes.