A man takes an early morning bicycle ride across a bridge near the Eiffel Tower in Paris
As reported by Reuters Paris is aggressively working towards a cyclable city , banning cars outside the Louvre and announcing a two-way four kilometer dedicated bike lane along Rue De Rivoli, one of Paris’ most iconic streets. This connection will tie together Place de la Bastille and Place de la Concorde.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo noted that Paris will be doubling cycling lanes in the next four years. Climate is the number one priority. Less cars means less pollution. 2017 will be the year of the bicycle.” The city 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.

Private car use has had a 30 per cent reduction in the city as Velib and Autolib, the bike share and the electric vehicle share has become popular.Paris is also planning a public  tram bus along the Seine’s right bank  as it prepares for the 2024 Olympic bid.

While most places would be gloating over such achievements, Paris believes it can do better, noting that Lyon and Bordeaux have already banned diesel cars and reopened public access to the riverbanks. Paris has been experiencing peak pollution levels directly attributable to diesel vehicles which will soon be banned. The municipality also opened up the stretch of highway on the right bank of the Seine as a new pedestrian zone despite strong protests by vehicular commuters and  critics.

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Comments

  1. The year of the bicyclette . . .” Errrrr ummmm not so fast! I lived in Kingston-upon-Hull for the first decade of my life, the 1930’s! You should have seen the bikes coming away from the Saturday soccer game. In those days the level crossings held up the road traffic for the train to go by. Bikes coming away from the game, phew! Infact bikes piled on the streets. I was in Amsterdam a while ago: the pile up of rusty bikes was to behold! Naw the year of the bicyclette was sometime in the 1920’s or 30’s but no one on this blog was around then . . .

  2. I had friends who raved about their trip to Paris and how they were able to cycle around Paris during their trip there. Of course here, they choose to live in a big house in the burbs. Seems like the mayor of Paris is aggressively pushing to make the city even more of a tourist theme park, perhaps not surprising given how many actual residents the city has lost recently:
    http://www.france24.com/en/20170103-paris-population-fall-blamed-airbnb

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