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In Pictures: Plans to build an ice rink around Paris’ iconic Arc de Triomphe

Images have been unveiled for a major refurbishment of Paris' Champs Elysées - including a new beach and an ice rink around the Arc de Triomphe.

In Pictures: Plans to build an ice rink around Paris' iconic Arc de Triomphe
An ice rink could surround the Arc de Triomphe. Photo PCA Stream

The proposals are the brainchild of architect Philippe Chiambaretta, who unveiled on Wednesday his plans for a complete overhaul of France's most famous street.

His proposals were commissioned by the Champs-Elysées Committee, which has a brief to improve the avenue by 2024.

His vision focused heavily on making the area much more pedestrian friendly, with the addition of new walking areas and pavement cafés.

In a bid to lure in more pedestrians, the vision also included a new Paris plage – complete with sand and water – in the area currently occupied by the roundabout around the Arc de Triomphe.

In the winter, the area around the arch could become an open-air ice rink. 

The architect told Le Parisien: “The long-term vision is to reduce the role of the car on the Champs-Élysées.”

The summer time 'Paris plage' urban beach scheme could be extended to the Arc de Triomphe roundabout. Photo: PCA Stream

Extra café and seating spaces are suggested for the pavement. Photo: PCA Stream


The number of lanes on the frequently traffic-choked avenue could be reduced from four to two. Photo: PCA Stream

A recent opinion poll among Parisians revealed that they found the Champs-Elysées 'noisy, stressful and dangerous'.

The poll was conducted between February 5th and 15th, among 1,011 residents of Greater Paris, including 589 Parisians.

In response to its damming conclusions, the Committee has invited the architect to present his ideas.

If the ideas are approved, they would still have to go through planning approval.

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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”.

READ ALSO 6 ways to get around Paris without the Metro

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