One-day car ban for Champs Elysees

The famous Champs Elysees will be people-friendly every Sunday as cars are banned.

The famous Champs Elysees will be people-friendly every Sunday as cars are banned.

Paris [Reuters]

Paris’s Champs Elysees avenue will be closed to cars one Sunday a month to let pedestrians reign supreme, the mayor of the French capital has announced.

Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo said her plans for the elegant boulevard, a focal point of the city often used for national ceremonies, was one of a series of environmentally friendly measures planned for 2016.

Other plans include permanent pedestrianisation, starting in summer, for a stretch of high-traffic road bordering the Seine’s right bank.

Thousands of Parisians strolled down the nearly two-kilometre Champs Elysees on the last Sunday of September when it was closed to cars as part of a Europe-wide day-without-cars event.

Hidalgo said all of Paris would be closed to cars when the event is held again this year.

Lined with museums, theatres and luxury shops, the 10-lane Champs Elysees is a major tourist draw in one of the world’s most visited cities.

It is also a major east-west thoroughfare for one of the swankiest neighbourhoods, running from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.

One response to “One-day car ban for Champs Elysees”

  1. Cherie says:

    This is such a wonderful idea, and so common in very many cities around the world. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to walk some Jonson, Lawson & other little lane ways around town? For so many inspired people living in one place, I find it stultifying that we can’t even organise a slight town diversion, let alone something being done worldwide for thousands of years. Come on we good folk of the place we love, we can do better than this.

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