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Paris to ban cars on 27 September


Paris will ban motorised vehicles from the roads for the day on 27 September as an experiment in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
The city will implement the ‘Une Journée Sans Voiture’ (A Day Without a Car) next month to coincide with European Mobility Week and a United Nations climate change summit, both of which will also be in Paris.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (pictured) said: “Paris will be completely transformed for a day… This is an opportunity for Parisians and tourists to enjoy the city without noise, pollution and therefore without stress.”
Restricted areas will include the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, 10th and 11th arrondissements (neighbourhoods) and popular landmarks including the Champs Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, Place Stalingrad, Place de la Republique, Place Bastille and the Bois de Vincennes and Boulogne.
Exceptions will be made for emergency services vehicles, but commuters and tourists will have to walk cycle or use the Paris Metro.
Jakarta, Mexico City, Ho Chi Minh City and Brussels have also implemented Car Free Day’s in recent years.
In the United States, the city of Portland, Oregon has introduced car-free weekends in certain parts of the city.