The traditional Seine banks were in 1967 to a large extent – fortunately not totally - replaced by an expressway (Voie Pompidou), considered necessary for the increasing car traffic. Since then, some efforts have been made to make the river again available for pedestrians, bikers… who can use part of the expressway on Sundays and during a few summer weeks, “Paris Plage” . This summer, some transformations were made on the Right Bank (Rive Droite) to make part of it available more permanently. There are projects for further modifications, including on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche).
A sunny and warm September day, I decided to check the “pedestrian availability” on the Right Bank. On the plan you can see my walk, some 10 km (6 or 7 miles).
Before the start of the red dotted line, the expressway offers hardly any space for walkers – actually walking there is definitely not recommended.
Just after the “Pont de Bir-Hakeim” you can start the walking…
… but approaching the “Pont d’Alma” you must take some stairs and leave the bank (yellow dotted line).
This gives you the opportunity to see the favourite restaurant of the Paris professional soccer players and the copy of the Flame of the Statue of Liberty, which has become some kind of place of homage to Lady Diana who died in the tunnel below now 15 years ago.
Crossing the street and the bridge, you can again walk on the quays for quite a while…
… but when you reach the end of the Louvre, the car traffic takes over….
… until you reach more or less a point facing the edge of Ile Saint Louis, just after the “Pont d’Arcole”. From this point, a lot of modifications have been done; the space for pedestrians has been widened, traffic lights have been installed…
… and you can continue to the entrance of the Canal Saint Martin. Actually, you can cross the canal entrance by using a closed lock.
The walking space gets then a bit narrow … and then again wider.
Reaching, the “Pont de Bercy”, there is again a need for a short while to leave the quay….
… but you can find it again and continue on wide, a bit empty space. After the “Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir”, the banks are still there, but it gets a bit industrial, so I decided to stop the walk here. (… and I was thirsty.)
I have referred to different bridges – I once made posts about all the Paris Seine bridges, which you find here.