The most famous avenue in the world to undergo a makeover ahead of Paris 2024

The city plans to reduce car traffic and pollution, while increasing green areas along the Champs-Élysées

People attend New Year celebrations on the Champs-Elysees avenue as the traditional light show and fireworks have been cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris, France, December 31, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
People attend New Year celebrations on the Champs-Elysees avenue as the traditional light show and fireworks have been cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris, France, December 31, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

As Paris prepares to host the 2024 Summer Olympics in just over two year’s time, the famed Champs-Élysées will have a new look to welcome the world.

The iconic avenue is one of the most recognized locales in the world, but for many Parisians it’s a congested and polluted eyesore.

That is about to change as Paris continues getting ready for the 2024 Games.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo plans to increase green areas and reduce pollution not just along the Champs-Élysées, but all around the city.

Cycling - Tour de France - Stage 21 - Chatou to Paris Champs-Elysees - France - July 18, 2021 UAE Team Emirates rider Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia celebrates on the podium after winning the yellow jersey and the Tour de France with Team Jumbo–Visma rider Jonas Vingegaard of Denmark and Ineos Grenadiers rider Richard Carapaz of Ecuador second and third respectively Pool  via REUTERS/Garnier Etienne
Cycling - Tour de France - Stage 21 - Chatou to Paris Champs-Elysees - France - July 18, 2021 UAE Team Emirates rider Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia celebrates on the podium after winning the yellow jersey and the Tour de France with Team Jumbo–Visma rider Jonas Vingegaard of Denmark and Ineos Grenadiers rider Richard Carapaz of Ecuador second and third respectively Pool via REUTERS/Garnier Etienne

“It’s a reduction of the space for cars, to be clear, because that’s how we need to envision the city of the future,” she said.

The plan is to widen the pedestrian ring surrounding the Arc de Triomphe, rework the gardens, create a hectare-and-a-half of green spaces and plant over 100 trees. Work on the street is set to begin “in a matter of weeks.”

The Champs-Élysées dates back to 1670 and is the main focal point for many celebrations and protests in the French capital. It is also the finish line of the famed Tour de France bicycle race every summer. The mayor admits the avenue has “lost a lot of its splendor in the past 30 years.”