Paris celebrates car-free day to highlight the problem of pollution | GBRI

The government of Paris celebrated a car-free day on Sunday wherein all the cars were banned from city streets with exceptions made for emergency vehicles, taxis, and buses. It was refreshing to see the streets filled with cyclists and pedestrians instead of smoke-spewing vehicles.

Paris has previously held such car-free days in 2015 and 2016 as well, but this was the first time they extended the boundaries to include the entire city. From 11 AM to 6 PM local time, cars were asked to stay off the streets.

The government’s statement on the day said one of the Car Free Day’s objectives was “to show that cities can and must invent concrete solutions to fight against pollution” coming from road traffic. The initiative did succeed in bringing down nitrogen oxide levels along major roads and the noise pollution levels also dropped by 20%.

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