Car Free is Care Free in Paree!

“We need to switch to less stressful kinds of transport…to make it a calmer envirnoment because otherwise cities become unbearable.   -Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Paris banned cars from the center city for the first time yesterday.  How did that work out?  Pretty well.  Have a look…

People walk on the Champs-Elysees, September 27, 2015 as central Paris goes car-free on Sunday. The French capital's central arrondissements and areas around landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees are free from car noise and exhaust fumes, allowing people to stroll, cycle or skate between 0900 GMT and 1600 GMT. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer - RTX1SPIQ

People walk on the Champs-Elysees, September 27, 2015 as central Paris goes car-free on Sunday. The French capital’s central arrondissements and areas around landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees are free from car noise and exhaust fumes, allowing people to stroll, cycle or skate between 0900 GMT and 1600 GMT. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer – RTX1SPIQ

What did it sound like?  Have  a listen.

Can you say “block party?”

The Open Streets movement started in Colombia 30 years ago.  Now it is everywhere and being embraced by millions.  The people are speaking.  This is what the future just might look like.  It’s happening now in Paris.

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