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  • Sunday was the seventh annual Day Without Cars in Paris.
  • It has been a tradition since mayor Anne Hidalgo enacted it in 2015.
  • The only vehicles allowed were buses, emergency vehicles, taxis and private drivers, albeit the speed limit is between 12 and 19 mph in certain areas.

Sunday was the seventh annual Day Without Cars in Paris, perhaps one of the most forward-thinking days for environmentalists.

Business Insider reported that the city of Paris, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., prohibited those from driving their own vehicles or otherwise risk a fine of 135 euros, or about $158.34.


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It has been a tradition since mayor Anne Hidalgo enacted it in 2015, and the decision was met with enthusiasm from both ordinary Parisians and unlikely parties including the head of a French drivers' association, USA Today reported

The only vehicles allowed were buses, emergency vehicles, taxis and private drivers, albeit the speed limit is between 12 and 19 mph in certain areas, according to the event page and map of closures and restrictions.

In a tweet, Hidalgo wrote"Many people in Paris, especially on the Champs-Élysées, for the #JournéeParisRespire! Thank you to all those who made this 7th edition a success!" 


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Published on Sep 20, 2021