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PET TRANS­PORT

Pet own­ers can now take big dogs on the Paris Métro, so long as they have a valid ticket for their pet pooch. Un­til re­cently, it was only small dogs that could use the un­der­ground line while larger dogs were only al­lowed on the RER net­work. Own­ers wish­ing to take big dogs on the Métro must keep them on a lead and muz­zled. This re­lax­ing of the rules is in keep­ing with the dog-friendly na­ture of the French cap­i­tal where it is not un­com­mon to see dogs ac­com­pany their own­ers to restau­rants, bars and shops.

SAFETY FIRST

Chil­dren rid­ing a bi­cy­cle in France are now re­quired by law to wear a hel­met. The law states that chil­dren un­der 12 are re­quired to wear a hel­met, re­gard­less of whether they are cy­cling them­selves or are pas­sen­gers on a bike. Fail­ure to wear a hel­met could re­sult in a fine of €90 for the par­ents. It’s hoped that the new law will en­cour­age adults to wear hel­mets, es­pe­cially since France saw a 7% in­crease in cy­clist-re­lated deaths last year.

TICK­ETS ON SALE

SNCF has opened ticket sales for its two new high-speed lines, TGV Ar­morique and TGV Océane. Ser­vices will start on 2 July but tick­ets are avail­able to book now. The new TGV Ar­morique will link Paris to Rennes in 1h25 and the TGV Océane will take pas­sen­gers to Bordeaux from Paris in two hours, re­duc­ing the jour­ney time by 1h15. Eurostar has also opened its ticket sale for the new Bordeaux high-speed line.

PARIS FOR PEDESTRIANS

A stretch of the Right Bank in Paris has been pedes­tri­anised, mak­ing room for the 10-hectare Rives de Seine park. Ded­i­cated to re­lax­ation and sport, the park takes in a 4.5km-long stretch. In ad­di­tion to sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties, the banks will fea­ture green ar­eas with fruit trees and lawns. This ini­tia­tive for pedestrians, which is mon­i­tored by the au­thor­i­ties, has of­ten been con­tested, but the Paris Mayor, Anne Hi­dalgo ad­dressed these con­cerns, say­ing that they were not “anti-ve­hi­cles” but “anti-pol­lu­tion”.

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