A former highway will become a charming riverside walkway in Paris.
Voie Georges Pompidou Pedestrian Only
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The Paris City Council approved a plan on Monday that will transform two miles of a highway along the scenic Seine River into a pedestrian-only zone.

Residents and visitors will soon have the ability to enjoy the calming views and intricate stone facades that line the riverside. The plan is part of Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s efforts to decrease the city’s pollution levels.

The walkway will include portions of the road from the Tuileries Garden toward the Bastille neighborhood, including sections that are currently pedestrianized once a year in the summer for the city's Paris Plages event, which transforms locations across Paris into themed beach settings.

Opposition to the plan was focused on concerns over commuter delays. To monitor the effectiveness of the new closure, the city plans to monitor noise and emission levels.

The walkway will open to pedestrians, cyclists, and rollerblading enthusiasts who want to admire historic sights and sweeping views that line the banks of the Seine, with an official decree expected in the next few weeks.

Talia Avakian is a digital reporter at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @TaliaAvak.