Paris Streets Go Car-Free For The Day
Partly rooted in symbolism, partly in necessity, Paris' mayor banned most cars from driving in parts of the city Sunday.By Ryan Biek | September 27, 2015
The mayor of Paris wants her citizens to take advantage of the fresh air on Sunday. So she's banned almost all cars from driving in the city's center, around landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées, for the entire day. (Video via France 24)
Emergency vehicles, taxis and buses are the only vehicles allowed in roughly 30 percent of the city, according to BFMTV. In the rest, cars are limited to 12 miles an hour.
The ban is largely symbolic, aiming to showcase Paris' commitment to curbing air pollution ahead of the UN climate change conference that starts in November. (Video via Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international)