Future Paris: What’s new for 2014 and beyond

Critics often say Paris is stuck in the past but there's plenty happening in the coming months and years, from new museums opening or re-opening to plans to have cable cars crossing the Seine or new vertigo inducing glass floors in the Eiffel Tower. Here's what to expect.

Future Paris: What's new for 2014 and beyond
The Louis Vuitton museum is just one of many new projects set for Paris in 2014. Find out what else is new. Photo: LVMH

An exciting new project was unveiled for Paris this week, that involves plans to convert the famous Avenue Foch in the 16th Arrondissement into a huge park and pedestrian zone

Whether it gets the go ahead or not we'll have to wait and see but other cultural projects in the City of Light are well under way and many are set to open in 2014.

Critics often say "Paris is stuck in the past", "Paris never changes" etc, but there's a lot happening in the coming months and years with the city set to welcome some new spots on its already jam-packed cultural scene and also welcome back some old ones, that we may have forgotten about.

So there's good news for anyone who is fed up with the Louvre and the Quai d'Orsay. Here's a look ahead to some of the new projects for Paris, some that could change the face of the city and others that may sound like pie in the sky ideas, that might just get off the ground, literally.

From cable cars across the Seine to skyscrapers, museums and shopping centres, here's a look at what's new for Paris in 2014 and beyond.

Which ones are you most excited about ? 

Future Paris: Top 12 new projects for the City of Light

by Corinne Ruff

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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