This Parisian Holiday Will Be a Car-Free Day for the Whole City

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Sep 7, 2015
References: parissansvoiture.fr & fastcoexist
This year, the city of Paris will host its first-ever citywide car-free day.

With Mayor Anne Hidalgo's support, the cyclist-supporting organization 'Paris sans voiture' created a new municipal holiday. For the duration of an entire day -- 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. -- the streets of Paris will be closed to vehicles. Certain automobiles, such as emergency vehicles, residents and moving trucks, will be allowed to move around the city on the car-free day, but hopefully in the spirit of the new holiday, these vehicles will avoid high-density pedestrian areas. 'Paris sans voiture' hopes to make the car-free day an annual event for the city.

Other environmentally or socially-inspired boycotts -- like Earth Hour and Buy Nothing Day -- have seen success in the past, and hopefully this car-free day will be a triumph for Paris and catch on in other cities.