The centre of Paris is set to become in effect a huge low traffic neighbourhood by the end of next year under an ambitious plan to remove through traffic from the heart of the French capital.
A consultation was launched this week on the initiative, outlined in an interview with Le Parisien by deputy mayor David Belliard, which will cover the entirety of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements and, across the Seine on the Rive Gauche, parts of the 5th, 6th and 7th arrondisements, as shown in this graphic.
To draw an analogy from the UK capital, the zone is similar in size to one running from Oxford Circus to St Paul’s Cathedral and from the British Museum to the Houses of Parliament.
Not all motor traffic will be banned from the centre of Paris – local residents will have access, as will buses, taxis, tradesmen, professionals and delivery vehicles needing access to the city centre, although no decision has yet been made on whether tourist coaches will be exempt.
Juliana O’Rourke – 12 May 2021
De Pijp, Amsterdam 1972 – BicycleDutch (Youtube)
Transport accessibility is imperative for sustainable urban growth. As the Government reveals its new Planning Bill this week, with a focus on house-building, the transport accessibility of new developments is increasingly under the spotlight…
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04 May 2021
Free bikes will be given to Scottish schoolchildren of low income households if the SNP is returned to Government next month.
The party’s manifesto also pledges to remove the “majority” of fossil fuel buses from Scotland’s roads by 2023. How this will be achieved is not explained. Scotland has about 4,200 buses of which only 0.5 per cent are currently zero emission.
Juliana O’Rourke 12 May 2021
The measure comes after a royal decree was approved by the central government in November, and will be implemented on single-lane roads in each direction of travel. Roads that have a sidewalk at the same height will be limited to 20km/h, while those that have two or more lanes in each direction of traffic will have their speeds limited to 50km/h.
Londoners have just sent a clear mandate to its politicians – do more, be bolder, go faster on walking, cycling and the climate crisis. Voters turning out to elect a new Mayer and London Assembly as well as is several by-elections sent a clear message that they like active travel schemes such as cycle tracks and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and they support politicians delivering them and promising them, while increasingly rejecting those who don’t.
The initial eighth month trial period is free to local businesses wanting to deliver small goods around town.
If the trial is successful, it is hoped the service will expand and become permanent, while providing a template for entrepreneurs in other small towns who are interested in delivering goods by bike.
New video launches seven new cycling itineraries
Liam Mercer May 11 2021
Environmental activist groups from the ‘Brandalism’ network have installed over 100 parody car advert posters on billboards and bus stops in England and Wales. The guerilla artworks featuring brands such as Range Rover, Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, Citroen, Lamborghini and Vauxhall were installed without permission in Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, London and Exeter.