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Central Paris bus ban coming soon?

French capital wants to encourage greener transport options for tourists

In an effort to take on mass tourism and its side effects, Paris intends to place a ban on tourist buses from entering the city centre. 


Paris deputy mayo Emmanuel Gregoire said the situation in Paris is not as bad as in Venice or Barcelona - two high-profile cities that have recently experienced backlashes over tourists - but residents have become fed up with tourist buses. 


“We no longer want the total anarchy of tourist buses in Paris....Buses are no longer welcome in the very heart of the city,” Mr Gregoire told Le Parisien newspaper. 


To this end, Gregoire said the city would be placing parking spots outside Paris, pending the arrival of new legislation to reduce bus traffic; in downtown Paris, double-decker buses and international tourist coaches are particularly active. 


According to Reuters, new mobility laws will give authorities more power to regulate local traffic and new transport options like rented bikes and scooters. 


“Tourists can do like everyone else does and switch to environmentally friendly mobility options or take public transport. We need change,” Gregoire said.


He also urged tourist guides to develop more guided bicycle or walking tours with headphones. 


Tourism arrivals in Paris and the Ile-de-France region hit a record 50 million in 2018, while France remained the world’s most visited country last year with an all-time high 89.4 million visitors.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 8 July 2019

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