Lyon: disagreement on the pedestrianization of the Cours Charlemagne

    Lyon: disagreement on the pedestrianization of the Cours Charlemagne

    The mayor of the 2nd arrondissement talks about a decision “punitive” towards the inhabitants of the Perrache – Confluences district. This Monday, January 11, Pierre Oliver (Les Républicains) presented the results of a survey of local residents.

    A majority of opinions unfavorable to pedestrianization

    Of the 9,000 questionnaires distributed, 458 returned completed. A fairly small proportion, but opinions that must still be taken into account estimated the elected. In total, “71.3% of those polled are not in favor of the pedestrianization of the Cours Charlemagne”, can we read. Among the issues raised, the risk of causing heavy traffic jams on the Quai Perrache and the Quai Rambaud, where motorists would have to circulate if the Cours Charlemagne were pedestrianized.

    “For the inhabitants of Quai Perrache, it would really be double the penalty”, regrets Pierre Oliver. “Today we are moving towards fewer cars in the city and towards more soft mobility. But this is already what is being done in the neighborhood.”

    According to the elected official, the project carried by the Metropolis excludes some motorists who need their car to go to work without having sufficient resources to do without.

    A biased survey?

    On the side of elected environmentalists, the survey is far from convincing. The deputy mayor of Lyon in charge of mobility regrets “unnecessary controversies”. Valentin Lungenstrass denounces a blur maintained on the real perimeter of the experiment which does not include the whole Charlemagne course, but only a part. Precisely, between rue Montrochet and quai Riboud at the level of the shopping center.

    The consultation conducted by the Metropolis has ended, the results will be presented in early February. The experiment is due to begin in mid-March for a period of three months, in support of the extension of the T2 tram..

    “The arrival of the T2 tramway south of La Confluence is an opportunity to rethink and appease this space. The choice of experimentation will allow the pedestrianization of this area frequented by many pedestrians to be tested in a real situation”, had underlined Fabien Bagnon, Deputy Vice-President for Roads and Soft Mobility in a press release at the end of November.

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