On Sunday September 16, 2019 the new car-free day in Paris happened. An initiative enjoyed by many Parisians and tourists who fell in love with the charm of the capital without motor vehicles or noise pollution.
Paris mayor goes even further since Anne Hidalgo has announced on Friday September 14, 2018 that like the Champs-Elysées, the first four arrondissements of the French capital will be closed to automobile traffic a Sunday per month.
Since October 7, 2018, a “Paris Respire” area is set up in Paris 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements, a Sunday per month, allowing pedestrians to fully enjoy the center of the City of Lights. Don’t miss the next date on Sunday April 7, 2019.
“This measure very expected by inhabitants is the fruit of an important work in partnership with the Police Headquarters, the arrondissement mayors and the local associations” Paris Mayor says.
Note that most streets of these arrondissements are concerned. Yet, major streets such as the “Boulevard Sébastopol and the upper banks” are spared and “remain open to the automobile traffic” deputy transport manager at the City Hall Christophe Najdovski says.
So far, the “Paris Respire” plan – created in 2003 – involves 20 neighborhoods of the French capital scattered across the different arrondissements. In these neighborhoods, in the weekend and on holidays, streets are closed to automobile traffic.
On Saturday September 15, 2018 Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and Brussels mayor Philippe Close also proposed that a yearly European day without car to be established. “Facing the climatic emergency and the pollution sanitary effect”, both cities ask in a release that “a thousand days without car could flourish across Europe”.