The new 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 Friday 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 November 3, 2019 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.
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.