In the past two years of me living in Paris, it’s changed, and it’s done so for the better. If you walk through the city centre, which is one of the best things to do in my opinion, you’ll see many cranes and construction sites.
It causes noise and that you actually have to walk around certain barriers to cross the road, but, anything worth doing takes time, and some of the advantages can already be enjoyed. There are more bike lanes, bus-stops, and new metro lines and stations starting construction. The tram lines are also being extended. With this, it also creates a space for new digital services and options are available. So it’s a win-win for the city and the people who live in it.
It’s all due to to the vision of the Grand Paris, where the city will grow and incorporate more of the towns and suburbs around it. This also plays hand-in-hand with the Olympic Games which will be in 2024.
What’s Happening At The Moment
In 2020, there will be 1000km of bike lanes in the city. There is a REVe (Translated from French, an abbreviation for Express Bike Network). New bike parking bays are also being installed.
Seven of the Parisian zones, namely Bastille, Fiestas, Gambetta, Place d’Italie, Madeleine, Nation and Pantheon are receiving serious redevelopment with the plan to reduce cars with only one driver, decluttering of public space and vegetation, and it’s all done with the collaboration between the areas’ residents and the public sector leading these projects.
Although it’s in French, you can view some of the images of the various developments here.
Things That Should Also Be Considered
Some changes we need which I don’t think they’re thinking of, is to make the public transport more accessible. It’s very hard for a wheelchair to use the metro, and the same goes for people with baby prams.