Thousands Enjoy Carless Champs Elysees

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May 8, 2016

Parisians took to the streets by the thousands to enjoy a vehicle-free day on the Champs Elysees.

The 1.2-mile avenue, one of the city's largest tourist destinations, features the Arc de Triomphe, along with many shops and cafes. On other days, it also features hundreds of pollution-belching cars, trucks, and motorbikes across eight lanes of traffic.

The vehicle-free day is the first in an ongoing series championed by the city's mayor, Anne Hidalgo. The idea is to repeat the vehicle-free day on the first Sunday of each month. Admission to the city's museums will also be free on those days.

The idea is part of Paris's overall efforts to reduce pollution. Other efforts include rental bicycles and electric cars. Most recently, Hidalgo announced a plan to ban most diesel vehicles from the city by 2020.

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