As per, Parisian alternative transport starts from the very access points to the city. Thus, from Gare du Nord, dedicated bike lanes take tourists and even commuters across various areas in the French capital city, just like in Amsterdam.

The 500 kilometers of bike lanes that were inaugurated between 2014 and 2020 add the total to over 1.300 kilometers of cyclable areas in Paris.

“We have to help children learn to bike in schools and take the time to explain to people that the time of the whole car city is over", a spokesperson for Paris' town hall said.

Besides bicycle lanes, which are being used by more and more people in France's capital, pedestrian streets and squares also contributed to a cleaner air, less noise and less annoyance.

Place de la Nation, which used to be one of the city's largest roundabouts with eight lanes, turned into a green garden for citizens to enjoy some free time. This is also the case for Place de Bastille, which was also given back to the people.

And while less cars in a city is a good measure to boost air quality and quality of life in general, some people do need them. However, the class of vehicles that are accepted by Parisians was also a matter to discuss. Thus, SUVs quickly became the target of the administration and citizens agreed to triple the parking fees for such vehicles, which are large, heavy and very polluting.

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, said that "the time has come to break with this tendency for cars that are always bigger, taller, wider. You have the power to take back ownership of our streets."

Green spaces are also crucial for a city of the future and Parisian authorities will invest in 400.000 square meters of it by 2026. School streets have also been adapted for climate change and have been pedestrianized or filled with green areas to provide shade and to cool them down.

The current administration also embraced the 15-minutes city concept, which is why building owners are forced to host a variety of facilities at ground floors, such as shops, offices and restaurants.

Also, for the upcoming Olympics, organizers created 26 fan zones where people can gather and watch the games with friends and family, instead of having to get close to the stadium, further reducing emissions.