One of the side benefits of the Journée Sans Voitures is the chance to admire the grand vistas which link the city’s landmark buildings from the perspective the nineteenth century planners intended – from the middle of the road.
Removing private cars from the streets for a day gives pedestrians and cyclists the chance to relax and enjoy new views of the city. It also reveals just how much space cars take up. Cars are so much a fact of urban life that a broad river of wheeled metal boxes can start to seem an inevitable feature of the landscape. Cut off the source of the river for a day and the size of the river bed becomes obvious. How else could all that space be used?