The French capital, famous for its car-friendly boulevards, seems to be seriously committed to adapting its infrastructure to environmentally friendly ways of travel. The city of Paris has developed a series of projects that will enable both locals and tourists to navigate the city by foot. One of the projects most emblematic of this change is the plan for the Place de la Bastille, which will turn what is basically a traffic island into a more pedestrian- friendly environment.
The city developed a remodeling scheme for seven different locations that will transform car-packed roads and intersections into areas that can be enjoyed by cyclists and pedestrians. The project started with the Place de la République in 2013, when the authorities commissioned a redesign that created a pedestrian plaza planted with trees and lined with benches. The next location will be the Place de la Bastille in Paris, currently functioning as a traffic island with a huge memorial in the middle. The square will be reconnected to the curb on one side with a green space with benches and seating areas. The formal redesign of that square will start in 2017.
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