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Construction of Champs-Elysees segregated cycle lane begins

Joe Robinson
9 Oct 2018

New bike path to be ready by mid-2019 and will be 6.5km in length

One of cycling's most famous roads, the Champs-Elysees, is set to become cycle commuter friendly as the construction of a segregated cycle lane has been started.

The new lane will eventually occupy the entirety of Paris's busiest road starting at the Rue de Presbourg, by the Arc de Triomphe, before stretching beyond the Place de la Concorde finishing at the Place de la Bastille 6.5km away.

Work will commence in three stage in order to keep the mobilisation of traffic flowing with the first phase installing the lane from the Rue de Presbourg to the Avenue Geroge V on one side and between the Rue de Washington and Rue de la Boetie on the other.

The final two stages will begin on 12th November and 7th January respectively.

The new lane will sit between the pavement and the road, including a stone guard between the lanes in order to segregate the traffic appropriately.

This will also see the Champs Elysees effectively lose two lanes of motor traffic on either side.

The introduction of substantial cycling infrastructure comes from the socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who has been in power for the past four years.

It comes as part of wider plans to install 1,000km of bike lanes across the city by 2020.

Hopefully, the segregated cycle path will ease the woes surrounding cycling along the Champs-Elysees, a notoriously busy and unpredictable road.

Additionally, with any luck, the segregated cycle lane will also go some way into reducing the amount of traffic that passes through the road each day.

In 2016, Paris introduced a monthly ban on cars each Sunday on the avenue in order to tackle the capital's growing problem with air pollution. 

This also comes just days after governments were warned to take 'rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society' in order to combat the cataclysmic levels of global warming the planet is heading towards according to the UN. 

In a report created by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it was warned that the planet will reach its threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030.

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