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.
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.