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Paris Bridges and Pedestrians

Do all Paris bridges that cross the Seine allow pedestrians?

Posted by
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In the city centre, yes they do. Plus there are some bridges that are only pedestrian.

Posted by
8889 posts

The only ones that don't are the Boulevard Périphérique (ring road) at the edge of the city, because it is an autoroute.
And some bridges are pedestrian-only.

From a European perspective that is a strange question. The only roads a pedestrian can't go on are motorways/autoroutes/Autobahn/autostrada etc. Pedestrians have as much right to be on a street as motor vehicles. It is cars that can't go many places.

Posted by
7205 posts

I know that’s such a foreign concept to Americans...pedestrians having more rights than automobiles. There’s a pedestrian crosswalk in front of my work building, and cars whiz right thru even with peds standing at the edge obviously trying to cross. I stopped there in my auto on one occasion to let a pedestrian cross and the car behind me actually blew their horn at me for stopping!

Posted by
129 posts

I am somewhat stunned at the comments suggesting that bridges allowing pedestrians is a foreign idea to Americans. When I posed the question, I expected that most, if not all, of the bridges in Paris would indeed accommodate pedestrians (else wise I might have phrased the question as "do any Paris bridges..."), BUT I asked because I've learned over the years what can happen when one assumes things. As far as pedestrians on American bridges, the few bridges I know of by personal experience--the Golden Gate and the Brooklyn and 59th St bridges in NYC do accommodate pedestrians.

I'm fairly new to these boards and I am finding them invaluable. Thank you to all who participate, answer questions, and offer advice. Alas, I am also finding there seems to be a segment of Americans here who enjoy making somewhat condescending or snarky comments toward those who are apparently perceived as naive or unworldly as compared to themselves.

Posted by
8889 posts

Willy, I wasn't suggesting you thought bridges for pedestrians was "foreign", merely I would not have thought to ask if streets and bridges in a city were pedestrian accessible. I would just have assumed it.

There are some places where crossing the road can be an experience, like Place de la Concorde. The first time I went to Paris I crossed to the Arc de Triomphe across the Place Charles de Gaulle. Then I spotted the underpass. I was younger then.

There are some road underpasses under junctions, mostly along the banks of the Seine. These are vehicles only.
These are part of an "Expressway" which was built along the sides of the Seine in the 1970's. The current Paris mayor is closing them and returning them to pedestrians.
See here: https://www.curbed.com/2016/9/27/13080078/paris-bans-cars-seine-right-bank-air-pollution-mayor-anne-hidalgo

Posted by
776 posts

Alas, I am also finding there seems to be a segment of Americans here
who enjoy making somewhat condescending or snarky comments toward
those who are apparently perceived as naive or unworldly as compared
to themselves.

Amen. I find the condescending remarks ugly at best. Unfortunately, they are so common on this forum I sometimes just avoid it altogether. I think it makes some self-righteous people feel "holier than thou." Or at least holier than "all those other dumb Americans." I fear, however, that it is often also the attitude of our host on his TV shows.

My too sense...

Posted by
1162 posts

Many use and prefer Tripadvisor.com, which lists forums for specific cities rather than countries and the responses are from residents of those cities or travelers who have years of experience visiting those cities. Snarky comments are just part of the noise one has to put up with on most forums, travel or otherwise. Don't let the detractors get you upset and just keep asking your questions.

Posted by
1 posts

No, all the bridges crossing the Seine in Paris do not allow pedestrians. There are two of the 35 bridges inside the Périphérique where pedestrians may not walk. The Pont de Rouelle and the Viaduc d'Austerlitz. You can find an exhibition of the bridges at parisbridges.com in the section titled exhibition materials. Gary

Posted by
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I know that’s such a foreign concept to Americans...pedestrians having more rights than automobiles.

That's definitely not a foreign concept in the USA. In fact, I'd say pedestrians are often militant about their rights.

But, be careful in Paris and any other big city. Stepping off a curb should be combined with situational awareness and vigilance. London is probably the worst because we right-side drivers look the wrong way by instinct.