People doing yoga in the streets. Bicycles roaming freely on the roads. The center of Paris went car-free for a day, and the Guardian reported bluer skies and better moods because of it.
“Today is symbolic, it’s about giving people a dream, showing us what a city could look like without cars, a type of utopia,” a cyclist from a bike collective told the newspaper. “But we need to go further, with more and larger cycle routes, better parking spots for bicycles, slower speed limits. There’s a lot to be done.”
It’s pretty much the opposite of Honolulu, where any given day motorists spend several hours in traffic and tourists who fly into the city at night are greeted by a line of red brake lights snaking out of town.