Most cities are designed for car drivers and therefore offer few opportunities for children and senior citizens to enjoy their city. In fact, there are not enough places for children to play apart from playgrounds. For seniors there are only a few places to sit and rest. Especially elderly people who are impaired due to illness or disability have a need for places to rest and regain some strength.
Under the motto: streets should offer the possibility to be lived in, Paris is trying to transform some selected areas to provide a more healthy and liveable way of street life, even in crowded cities. In two out of 20 districts of Paris the project has already been implemented, further such streets will follow soon, in four other districts.
The streets are designed to increase the space for pedestrians and to encourage gentle mobility. The following design elements help to do so: