Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has named 2017 the Year of the Bike, she is planning a major boost to its cycling infrastructure and will ban cars from outside the Louvre museum to fight traffic pollution. Paris will accelerate a plan to double the surface of its cycling lanes by 2020.
The noisy and polluted Rue de Rivoli, which links major landmarks like the Louvre Museum, Palais Royal and the historic Marais area, would become an area for walking, cycling and shopping, where the space for cars will be halved. A new two-way 4 kilometre bike lane to run along the Rue de Rivoli, a major east-west thoroughfare and one of the city’s most famous streets, and to connect the Place de la Bastille and Place de la Concorde.
“Climate is the number one priority. Less cars means less pollution. 2017 will be the year of the bicycle.” said Anne Hidalgo.
Paris will also ban private cars from the historical Place du Carrousel du Louvre, which cuts through the Tuileries park and the square in front of the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum with about 9 million visitors per year.
Paris this year plans to pedestrianise most of the Marais by limiting car traffic there to residents, public transport and local businesses.
In 2018, Paris will also start operating a new “tram-bus” along the right bank of the Seine to boost public transport infrastructure as part of its bid for the 2024 Olympics.
In September, Paris turned a stretch of highway on the right bank of the river Seine into a pedestrian zone in an attempt to reduce pollution despite fierce protests from drivers and the conservative opposition.
In the past 15 years, private car traffic in Paris has fallen by about 30 percent as the city introduced its popular Velib bicycle sharing scheme and its Autolib electric vehicle sharing scheme, city authorities said.
We are in favor of Paris becoming more bike friendly! Some cities like Oslo in Norway are will ban cars from its city center by 2019. Are you in favor of cars being banned from city centers?