French authorities expect the streets of Paris to be safer, quieter and less polluted from Monday (30), with the new speed limit of 30 km / h coming into effect.
Deputy Mayor David Beliard told Franின்பois Radio that the city wants to encourage the use of walking, cycling and public transportation. The new speed limit will help reduce the number of pollution, noise and serious accidents, he said.
“This is not an anti-car move,” Belliard said.
The 30 km / h limit already applies to about 60% of the Paris area, but it now covers the entire city. However, some major roads, such as the Champs Elysees, will be exempt, with a speed limit of 50 km / h.
“We want to limit (vehicles) to essential travel,” Belliard said.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo won a second six-year term in 2020, building new bike lanes for miles, banning old diesel cars and turning the Sean coast into a car-free. Reduces parking spaces in the city in an effort to control car traffic.
The city said police will be lenient in enforcing the new speed limit for the first few weeks. Other French cities with speeds of up to 30 km / h include Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Toulouse.