Paris names 2017 ‘year of the bike’

PARIS: Paris plans a major boost to its cycling infrastructure and will ban cars from outside the Louvre museum as it steps up its fight against traffic pollution, the mayor said on Sunday. Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo announced a new two-way 4 km bike lane to run along the Rue de Rivoli, a major east-west thoroughfare and one of the city’s most famous streets, and to connect the Place de la Bastille and Place de la Concorde. She also said Paris will accelerate a plan to double the surface of its cycling lanes by 2020. “Climate is the number one priority. Less cars means less pollution. 2017 will be the year of the bicycle,” Hidalgo said in a statement. — Reuters