• Posted:Thursday, April 15, 2010
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Paris's expressway to close

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Paris's expressway to close
Eco-warriors the world over can rejoice and clap their hands in unison at this latest development over in France - the road next to the Seine, known as the Pompidou expressway, is to close after 40 years of cars chugging their merry way around. Good news for green fiends, then - now could be the perfect time to book that hostel in Paris.

The mayor of the fair city, Bertrand Delanoe, (the man behind the genius that is Paris-Plages) has waged war on the automobile, having brought in cycle and bus lanes, brand-spanking new trams and the bike rental scheme that has proved so popular.

And now, in his latest bid to rid the city of lights of the dreaded motor car, Mr Delanoe has said that he plans to completely pedestrianise the strip of road from the Orsay museum to just before the Eiffel Tower and all this by the end of 2012. What's more, the Paris landscape could change dramatically, with a barge hosting a botanical garden and walkways introduced. A holiday in Paris certainly never sounded lovelier!

"The idea is to transform an urban autoroute into a living space with areas where there will be no cars," he was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying. What a great idea - particularly with the whole obesity crisis and everything! People really should be walking more.

I know one guy who will be pretty pleased about this development - Johnny 'Sticky' Budden, the parkour runner. He's travelling to the area from John O'Groats and is likely to be chuffed that there are fewer cars on the roads.

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