Paris declares first Sunday of every month to be car-free | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Glass walls measuring 6.5 centimetres (2.5 inches) thick will run along the riverside Quai Branly boulevard as well as the Avenue Gustave Eiffel which separates the tower from a park. Image: IStock via AFP
The Eiffel Tower in Paris. Image: IStock via AFP

Last Sunday, Oct. 7, marked the start of a new car-free campaign in Paris that will ban drivers in the center of the city on the first Sunday of every month.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo made the move official this past weekend, as part of her bigger, long-term vision to clean up the city’s air and make the streets more pedestrian-friendly.

While the city has experimented with car-free days in the past, and banned traffic on the Champs-Elysées on the first Sunday of every month, the newest initiative will expand the program to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements of the city on the first Sunday of every month.

Between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the center of Paris will be reserved for pedestrians, cyclists and rollerbladers. Exceptions will be made for taxis, buses, delivery trucks and private chauffeur taxis. JB


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