This building was just outside our hotel, and the stanchion at the front eith the yellow band on top can be hydrolocally lowered with a code on the pillar with red light. Thia allows access to taxis, delivery vehicles and others that belong there. But the wide streets are essentially for people walking.
There's also a tram line that runs through the area taking people right to their destination. we met a young man last night who was singing the praises of the mayor who undertook the work to close the streets to traffic. He said it's made a huge difference to the liveability of Bordeaux.
It's a fabulous idea. I wish Victoria would adopt this for their downtown.
The other thing about Bordeaux, in addition to its wine fame and art galleries is that it's less than half the cost of Paris. And there are strrets full of Renaissance architecture, churches, plazas, fabulous shops and restaurants.