Starting Monday, the speed limit on virtually all Parisian streets will be 30 kph (less than 19 mph). It’s the latest attempt by a city looking to improve its environmental credentials while also changing people’s attitudes about automobiles. According to city officials, it is also intended to reduce accidents and make Paris more pedestrian-friendly.
Car owners are enraged. Customers will have to wait longer, according to delivery drivers. Taxi drivers claim it will raise fares and harm their company. However, studies show that the majority of Parisians favor the proposal, mostly in the expectation that it will make the streets safer and calmer.
In the densely crowded French city, bicycles are already frequently quicker than vehicles. Just action heroes like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible can convincingly pick up speed on twisting, ancient Parisian alleys only one vehicle is wide. The new regulation makes an exemption for a few large streets, notably the famous Champs-Elysees and the bypass that round the ancient capital.
The Paris municipal administration has already limited or prohibited car traffic on many streets and increased the number of bike lanes under Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Speeds in other French cities and towns have also been reduced to 30 kph.
(Source – Business Standard)