Paris could introduce 30km/h speed limit throughout the capital

The Arc de Triomphe roundabout is notoriously chaotic. Could a 30km/h speed limit help? Photo: AFP
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is planning to implement the speed limit in the whole city from early 2021. Parisians can have their say until November 27th.

Parisians can now have their say on the mayor's plan to implement a 30km/h speed limit all over the city. An online consultation started yesterday and will remain online for a month, until November 27th.

The speed limit will be in place in all of Paris streets, except some the périphérique highway that encompasses the capital, and already existing 30km/h zones and pedestrian zones.

Around 60 percent of the capital is already subject to to a 30km/h speed limit, according to the City's proposal.

 

People on the website are already debating, some of them saying that the measure is “excellent” and “necessary”, while others depict it as “ridiculous”, according to Le Parisien.

A generalised 30 km/h speed limit aims at reduce speed for “road safety and city calming”, Anne Hidalgo’s deputy for transports David Belliard (EELV) told Le Parisien last week.

 

The plan would also encourage the use of “active transport solutions” such as bikes, according to a statement on the Mairie de Paris website.

Reducing speed limits is part of Anne Hidalgo's eco-friendly plans for the French capital that were announced after her re-election in June.

To have a say, Parisians can either fill out an online form via this link or send an email to generalisation-30km@participationdupublic.net.

Those who wish to participate must include personal information such as postcode, age, whether or not they work in Paris and what means of transport they use.


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