Rubén M.Cenzano

Chartered Civil Engineer specialised in Transportation

Ingeniero de Caminos especialista en Transporte

Paris (and other European cities) increase the number and size of pedestrian zones

Posted On Thursday, 26 January 2017


Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo banned cars from a large section of the River Seine’s quayside last autumn. Now, she’s going to push her pedestrianization measures even further. In autumn 2018, Paris will extend its car-free zone westward by a kilometre, install a guided bus line, and convert some space that’s currently used by cars into a two-way bike path. The openly declared objective: first to cut Paris’ car space by 50%, then ultimately rid central Paris of non-residents’ cars altogether.

These pedestrianisations are converting European cities into a more citizen-friendly places, where similar facts are on the agenda for some of the capital cities around the continent:
  • Madrid will ban cars from its main street: Gran Vía will be car-free within three years (2020)
  • Berlin's most famous street will go car-free: private cars will be banned from Unter den Linden in 2019
  • London’s Oxford Street will ban cars, buses and taxis starting in 2020 

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