Paris Will Ban Cars for a Day in September
If you live, work, or plan to travel through parts of Paris, France in late September, you might want to don a pair of walking or biking shoes. The French capital will hold its “la journée sans voiture" (or “car-free day”) on September 27, which will restrict cars from operating within five city areas between the hours of 11:00am and 6:00pm. The car-free areas include a number of streets surrounding the Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, as well as the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes public parks. Exceptions have been made for emergency vehicles, as well as a variety of public transportation vehicles and complying delivery vehicles, which will be limited to a top speed of 20 kph (12.4 mph). The Sunday event, proposed in March by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, looks to instill greener commuting practices, especially in the wake of air quality concerns that saw the City of Light rise toward the top of air pollution indexes earlier this year. In March of 2014 and 2015, Paris initiated emergency short-term bans on cars, which mandated that vehicles with either even or odd license plates drive on separate days. RELATED: Jaguar Sent 550-HP Coupes to Carry Bikes in the 2015 Tour de France
The “open streets” event also aims to reduce roadway congestion. Just last year, France initiated a six-month experiment where a number of companies compensated employees for biking to work, paying staff members up to 25 Euro cents per kilometer biked.
Though only a day in length, similar open streets events are regularly held around the world, including a weekly event in Bogotá, Columbia, that sees over 70 miles of streets close to motor vehicle traffic every Sunday.
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