Paris goes car-less for a day in bid to cut pollution

Paris, Sept 27: Pretty but noisy Paris, its gracious Old World buildings blackened by exhaust fumes, is going car-less for a day.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo presided over Sunday's "day without cars," two months before the city hosts the global summit on climate change.

Paris goes car-less for a day

Mayors from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Brussels and Bristol were in Paris for the kick-off on the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue.

The avenue, normally congested with vehicles, isn't the only sector of Paris having a carless moment.

Vehicles, including motorized bicycles, are forbidden in a quarter of the French capital and "strongly not recommended" throughout.

Those who hit the road anyway must observe a 20 kilometer-per-hour (12.5 mph) speed limit.

Police are watching. Buses, ambulances, police vehicles, fire trucks and taxis were allowed in the streets.


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