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Word on the Street: Should Ipswich follow Paris and have car-free days?

PUBLISHED: 17:10 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:13 04 October 2017

Could you imagine a car-free day in Ipswich? Picture: ARLEN JAMES

Could you imagine a car-free day in Ipswich? Picture: ARLEN JAMES


People in Ipswich discuss whether we should have car-free days in order to reduce the amount of exhaust emissions in the town.

Paris had its third car-free day on Sunday, October 1, in an attempt to tackle pollution levels in the city.

Between 11am and 6pm, 40 square miles of the French capital was off-limits to cars and motorcyclists, allowing pedestrians to roam free across the city centre.

There were exceptions to what was allowed in the city centre, emergency services and taxis were still allowed to travel through the car-free zone, as well as nearby residents who are elderly or disabled, or those who had a genuine emergency.

The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, introduced the car-free day in 2015 where it was recorded that exhaust emissions had been reduced by 40% over the seven-hour period.

Cutting down the levels of emissions in the atmosphere is important in combating global warming and health problems caused by pollution, and choosing more economic means of transport, such as cycling, which would also improve health and fitness.

Do you think Ipswich should take part in car-free days? Let us know in the poll.

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