Paris Cycling Infrastructure

Mayor Anne Hidalgo says the city will reduce cars on the road to address climate concerns. (Francois Mori)

Paris Cycling Infrastructure

Paris plans major boost for cycling infrastructure in fight against pollution

Posted on 11.01.2017

Paris plans a major boost to its cycling infrastructure and will ban cars from outside the Louvre museum as it steps up its fight against traffic pollution, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.

Ms Hidalgo announced a new two-way four-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 with the Place de la Concorde.

She also said Paris would accelerate a plan to double the surface of its cycling lanes by 2020.

“Climate is the number one priority. Less cars means less pollution. 2017 will be the year of the bicycle”

Key points:

  • Mayor says Paris will accelerate plans to double surface of cycling lanes by 2020
  • Street that links major landmarks including Louvre and Palais Royal will have space for cars halved
  • From 2018 Paris will start operating new “tram-bus” to boost public transport infrastructure

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 space for cars will be halved.

The city will also ban private cars from the historical Place du Carrousel du Louvre.

The Louvre is the world’s most visited museum, welcoming about nine million visitors each year.

Paris this year also plans to pedestrianise most of the Marais by limiting car traffic there to residents, public transport and local businesses.

Source
ABC News

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