People walk on the Champs Elysees during the "day without cars", in Paris, France, Sept. 27, 2015.
People walk on the Champs Elysees during the "day without cars", in Paris, France, Sept. 27, 2015.

PARIS - Paris' Champs Elysees avenue will be closed to cars one Sunday a month to let pedestrians reign supreme, the mayor of the French capital announced Wednesday.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo said her plans for the elegant boulevard, a focal point of the city often used for national ceremonies, was one of a series of environmentally friendly measures planned for 2016.

Other plans include permanent pedestrian-only use, starting in summer, for a stretch of high-traffic road bordering the Seine's right bank.

Thousands of Parisians strolled down the nearly 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) Champs Elysees on the last Sunday of September when it was closed to cars as part of a Europe-wide day-without-cars event.

Hidalgo said that all of Paris would be closed to cars when the event is held again this year.

Lined with museums, theaters and luxury shops, the 10-lane Champs Elysees is a major tourist draw in one of the world's most visited cities.

It is also a major east-west thoroughfare for one of the swankiest neighborhoods, running from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.