Paris

The city of Paris recently implemented an ambitious campaign to reduce car traffic, improve public transit, and encourage walking and biking.

From Congestion to Shared Streets

In the last five years, sidewalks have been widened, bike lanes striped, and trees planted across the city. A new light rail line is being constructed around the periphery, and driving is actively discouraged.

Buffered Bus Lanes

On 25 miles of Paris’s most congested avenues, medians have been added to provide a dedicated lane for buses, bicycles, and taxis. Furthermore, bus service was made more reliable and convenient by the addition of real-time service information at every shelter.

Parking Reform

The City’s Transportation Plan bans the construction of new off-street parking and will eliminate all free parking. By 2007, 3,500 on-street parking spots will be eliminated.

New Public Spaces

The decrease in cars allows for more activities, such as the Paris Plage, a highway-turned-beach along the Seine during the summer.

The decrease in cars allows for more activities, such as the Paris Plage, a highway-turned-beach along the Seine during the summer.