Avenue des Champs-Elysées, rue Montorgueil, rue Montmartre or even Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle… It is often difficult to walk and make your way in some streets of the city because of how crowded sidewalks are. We must say there are 3.5 million pedestrians walking Paris on a daily basis – according to Atelier parisien d'urbanisme (Apur). In late June, this agency even revealed a detailed map of the most visited sidewalks in Paris so you can avoid them and walk in peace.
According to this map, “the most asked spaces are mostly focusing in Paris city center, districts of the railway stations, major touristic areas such as Montmartre, the Champs-Elysées or Champ-de-Mars” the Apur says.
On the map, in red are the major shopping streets set in some arrondissements and other arteries further away from the city center such as Avenue du Général Leclerc in the 14th arrondissement or Avenue des Gobelins in the 13th arrondissement.
The Apur also says the French capital city reports 2.300 kilometers of sidewalks but “16% of these sidewalks are narrower than 1.8 meter and not fit for recommendations from the accessibility plan of the city and urbanism of the public spaces (PAVE)”. Furthermore, the Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme points out the lack of sidewalks suitable for people in a wheelchair since 5% of these sidewalks in Paris are less than 1.4 meter wide.