A pause by the river on a sunny Tuesday afternoon, refreshments supplied by a bike powered mobile café…

 

 

and on the summer terrace of a barge-based bistro.

 

 

Three views of Voie George Pompidou the day after the Conseil de Paris voted to accept the proposal to make the closure of the former expressway permanent.  An independent enquiry has shown that since the provisional closure of the road the levels of traffic on alternative routes have risen considerably less than anticipated, suggesting that significant numbers of motorists have switched to other modes of transport.  As author Frédéric Héran explains on the Mairie de Paris website, reducing provision for cars really can make traffic ‘evaporate’.

 

The display boards on this section of the quay celebrate the environmental achievements of cities in the international C40 network.

‘The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 10th year, connects more than 80 of the world’s greatest cities, representing over 600 million people and one quarter of the global economy… C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens’

‘Cities are where the future happens first.’