By Robert Fawdon, Paris, France: 17 May 2016: Paris City Council has today approved proposals that will bring more sport to the centre of the city with the implementation of 43 new initiatives.
The action plan will leverage the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a catalyst for the transformation of the city – creating a greener, healthier Paris with more sustainable housing and transport initiatives. The plan works in harmony with the key principles of the Paris 2024 bid and aims to create the perfect environment for showcasing world class sport and promoting the core values of the Olympic Movement.
The 43 point plan, presented by Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, alongside Paris 2024 Co-Chairmen, Bernard Lapasset and Tony Estanguet, was approved unanimously today by Paris City Council. Triple Olympic Champion and Paris 2024 Executive Board Member, Marie-José Pérec and Olympic Boxing Champion, Brahim Asloum, were also present.
Key proposals include; a major clean-up of the River Seine; a cycle lane that will link proposed 2024 Olympic sites and a new rapid transit line that will run from the east to the west of city also serving major Olympic sites.
The new projects aim to improve all aspects of society in Paris and they will all be put in place between now and the start of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games – meaning the legacy of the Games is already underway.
Speaking about the new initiatives, Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said:
“I’m thrilled that Paris City Council has approved these proposals that will help our bid to kick-start positive change in the daily life of Parisians. Paris is on a journey of re-invention and sport has a key role to play in the transformation of the city to a modern, dynamic metropolis with sustainability and active lifestyles at its core.
“The bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a fantastic opportunity for Paris to advance its sporting infrastructure but also to build a sustainable, creative and vibrant global city. The 43 actions approved today make the most of this opportunity. They will be implemented between now and 2024 – ensuring a genuine, transformative legacy for the city and the people of Paris.”
Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, said:
“Paris 2024 is delighted that these fantastic projects, making sport even more integral to life in our capital city, have been given the go-ahead. These initiatives are totally aligned with the core values of our bid and are already helping to enrich the lives of our citizens through sport.
“Parisians and the French people have a strong passion for Olympic sport. Now this will give them more opportunities to lead active, healthier lifestyles while also boosting Paris’ standing as a leading city of sport – the perfect platform for showcasing the Olympic and Paralympic Games and core Olympic values.”