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Paris showcases a car-free future during the Olympics

Paris is showcasing a dramatic reduction in car reliance, resulting in significantly improved air quality, as it prepares for the 2024 Olympics.

Mike Gagliardi reports for NBC News.


In short:

  • Paris has banned cars on more than 100 streets, increased parking fees for SUVs, and created 1,300 km of bike lanes under Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
  • The city’s air pollution has dropped by 40% as a result of these changes, making it a model for urban environmental reform.
  • Despite facing political challenges, a majority of Parisians support Hidalgo's environmental initiatives.

Key quote:

“This is no longer the time for cars, and we need to fight against them for a low-carbon future.”

— Carlos Moreno, professor at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Why this matters:

Reducing car dependency can significantly lower pollution and improve health outcomes. Paris serves as an inspiration for cities worldwide aiming to combat climate change and promote sustainable urban living. Read more: In polluted cities, reducing air pollution could lower cancer rates as much as eliminating smoking would.

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