One Sunday per month, you have to walk into the city
Paris is not exactly a haven for car lovers. The city has a pretty big smog problem and has issued a series of vehicle bans in parts of the city. Paris has even gone so far as to set a goal to ban all diesel-powered vehicles by 2020. Now the city is attempting a day long ban on all non-electric vehicles. This ban will take place one Sunday per month on the city's famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The goal is to expand this ban from the city center to the entire city in order to reduce the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
Studies have found that the NOx emissions decrease around 20-40% during the car-free days. The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, says that the ban should be city-wide at some point in the future. This is not the first time that the city of Paris has tried to limit the number of cars on the street. Several bans have been used in the past including banning even numbered license plates to cut traffic in half, as well as banning old cars built before a certain date. This type of thing would obviously never work in the US, but we think that Paris needs to find a better way of lowering emissions than just telling people not to drive cars.