Caroline J. · Published on 2 December 2019 at 08h26
· Updated on 2 December 2019 at 11h51
Good news for Paris lovers who have no car since Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced that the first four arrondissements of Paris are now reserved for pedestrians, a Sunday per month. Next date: January 5, 2020.
The latest car-free day in Paris took place this past Sunday September 22, 2019. 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 Anne Hidalgo goes even further since she has announced on September 14, 2018 that like the Champs-Elysées, the first four arrondissements in 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 January 5, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“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.
Motorized vehicles are not allowed one Sunday a month, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. within the following perimeter:
- Rue de Rivoli, 1st arrondissement, between Boulevard de Sébastopol and Rue de Rohan
- Rue de Rohan, 1st arrondissement
- Avenue de l'Opéra, 1st and 2nd arrondissements
- Place de l'Opéra, 2nd and 9th arrondissements
- Boulevard des Capucines, 2nd and 9th arrondissements between Place de l'Opéra and Boulevard des Italiens
- Boulevard des Italiens, 2nd and 9th arrondissements
- Boulevard Montmartre, 2nd and 9th arrondissements
- Boulevard Poissonnière, 2nd and 9th arrondissements
- Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, 2nd and 10th arrondissements
- Boulevard Saint-Denis, 2nd, 3rd and 10th arrondissements
- Boulevard Saint-Martin, 3rd and 10th arrondissements
- Place de la République, 3rd, 10th and 11th arrondissements
- Boulevard du Temple, 3rd and 11th arrondissements
- Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, 3rd and 11th arrondissements
- Boulevard Beaumarchais, 3rd, 4th and 11th arrondissements
- Place de la Bastille, 4th, 11th and 12th arrondissements
- Boulevard Henri IV, 4th arrondissement
- Pont de Sully, 4th and 5th arrondissements
- Quai de la Tournelle, 5th arrondissement
- Quai de Montebello, 5th arrondissement
- Petit Pont (Cardinal Lustiger), 4th and 5th arrondissements
- Rue de la Cité, 4th arrondissement
- Pont Notre-Dame, 4th arrondissement
- Rue Saint-Martin, 4th arrondissement between QUai de Gesvres and Avenue Victoria
- Avenue Victoria, 4th arrondissement between Rue Saint-Martin and Boulevard de Sébastopol
- Boulevard de Sébastopol, 1st and 4th arrondissements between Avenue Victoria and Rue de Rivoli
The roads above creating the limits of the perimeter are excluded.
The following roads are also excluded from the perimeter:
- Boulevard de Sébastopol, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements
- Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, 4th arrondissement
- Quai de Gesvres, 4th arrondissement between Pont Notre-Dame and Pont d'Arcole
- Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, 4th arrondissement
- Quai des Célestins, 4th arrondissement
- Rue de la Tacherie, 4th arrondissement between Quai de Gesvres and Avenue Victoria
- Avenue Victoria, 4th arrondissement between Place de l'Hôtel de Ville and Rue Saint-Martin
- Quai Henri IV, 4th arrondissement between Quai des Célestins and Boulevard Henri IV
- Port de la Tournelle, 5th arrondissement
- Port de Montebello, 5th arrondissement
So far – and created in 2003 – the “Paris Respire” plan 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.