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Much of Paris to go car-free on September 27

Huge swathes of Paris will be off limits to cars for most of the day on September 27.

In a history-making first for Paris, huge swathes of the City of Light will go car-free on Sunday September 27. Cecilia Rodriguez reports for Forbes that Mayor Anne Hidalgo says the ban is necessary to reduce air pollution.

The initiative would follow European Mobility Week, a gathering in Paris from September 16 to 22 that will explore alternative transportation modes. Montreal, Bogota, Mexico City, Ho Chi Minh City and Brussels are among the cities that have instituted similar short-term bans on cars, Rodriguez notes. The Paris ban later this month applies mostly in heavily touristed parts of the city and does not apply to taxis, ambulances and delivery vehicles.

The daylong prohibition is the latest in a string of policies championed by Hidalgo designed to curb driving and emissions. She has previously restricted vehicles in the city’s central districts and temporarily made public transit free. The mayor also wants to dramatically reduce speeds to discourage auto use and improve pedestrian safety. 



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