The Champs-Elysees, car-free on May 8.
The Champs-Elysees, car-free on May 8.

Paris’ Champs-Elysees will be car-free on the first Sunday of every month as part of a move to cut carbon emissions.

The city council voted on the measure in February. The first pedestrian takeover of the eight-lane, 1.2-mile boulevard leading to the Arc de Triomphe took place on May 8. 

It was originally slated to begin May 1 but was delayed to May 8 so it would not coincide with International Workers Day protests.

Until now the thoroughfare, which is usually bumper-to-bumper traffic, has only been closed to vehicles on special occasions such as New Year’s Day.

The move follows last year’s car-free day on Sept. 27.

The date for the next closure of the Champs-Elysee is June 5.

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