More pedestrians, more bikes, more greens and fewer cars

More pedestrians, more bikes, more greens and fewer cars

The new plan to transform the Parisian Champs Elysees into an “extraordinary garden” reminds us of how cities increasingly seek to expand green areas while promoting sustainable forms of transportation.

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She did it before. In 1993 the Coulée verte René-Dumont was finished, a 4.7 km long train track that was neglected and then recovered as a green promenade in the city center, part of which runs 10 m high on the Viaduct of the Arts. Other cities mimicked Paris, and thus the renovated High Line was inaugurated in New York in 2009, and more recently in Barcelona in 2016 concluded the works of the Jardins de la Rambla de Sants, which cover the train tracks of the station in the same neighborhood.

The new transformation plan for the Champs-Élysées goes even further. It is no longer a question of giving a new life to an abandoned place. Instead, in one of the avenues with higher traffic in the city (an average of 3000 vehicles per hour circulates through its eight lanes!), reducing by half the space for vehicles, converting roads into pedestrian green areas and cycle lanes, and creating tree tunnels that improve air quality on a road that currently suffers so much pollution.

Nuevo plan de remodelación de los Campos Elíseos, París

Paris will set a magnificent example that to all the cities of the world by converting one of the roads that pollutes the city the most into a green artery, a kilometer-long garden in which, although vehicles can still circulate, pedestrians and bicycles will undoubtedly be the priority users of the road.

It is estimated that the works will not begin until after the 2024 Olympic Games and that they will finish 6 years later. We, at Libertad Avenue, are already booking tickets to ride the Champs-Elysées by bike in the spring of 2030.

Nuevo plan de remodelación de los Campos Elíseos, París

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