Paris has implemented a 30km/h speed limit on Aug. 30 on most roads of the French capital in an effort to improve road safety and the environment.
The new measure, which was already in force in 60% of Parisian roads, aims to reduce road accidents, noise, and pollution, according to a statement.
The measure comes as a part of Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s pledge to reduce the amount of public space taken by cars. She also aims for a greener Paris as it prepares to host the Olympics in 2024.
“It is a safety measure. You must remember that the great majority of serious or fatal accidents in Paris come from cars or heavy goods vehicles,” Deputy Mayor David Belliard told radio network France Info.
“This measure is part of a coherent policy of transformation of the public space — a policy that favors so-called ‘soft’ modes of mobility like walking, cycling, and public transport, to the detriment of cars, which we would like to reserve only for essential use,” Belliard further said.
According to a poll conducted by the city from Oct. 27 to Nov. 27, 59% of Parisians were in favor of the new measure while businesses were among the 39% who opposed it.
Several key routes exempted from the measure include Boulevards des Maréchaux and the Champs-Elysées.
Similar speed limits are already in place in the French cities of Grenoble, Lille, and Nantes.
Spanish city Bilbao and Belgium’s capital Brussels also have similar speed limits.
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