New mayor plans to make Bordeaux car-free
The new mayor of Bordeaux (Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine), Pierre Hurmic, is moving “towards a ban” on cars in the city, he has said.
Mr Hurmic, a member of green party Europe Écologie Les Verts, was recently elected mayor of the city.
In an interview with news source 20 Minutes he said: “I don’t want to ban cars [in the city]…even if, in time I think we are moving towards a ban.”
Justifying his position, he added: “In city planning, 70% of roads are dedicated to cars, but car journeys only represent 29% of journeys in Bordeaux.”
Measures to reduce car-use
However, he added, making the city car-free would be something that happened “gently”, beginning with measures to incentivise other forms of transport.
He envisaged prioritising walking and cycling in the city centre (secteur intra-boulevard), to progressively dissuade cars from entering the area.
The mayor also plans to increase the number of cycle lanes in Bordeaux by conserving those put in place during the Covid-19 crisis.
He said: “On the boulevards, I suggest cycle lanes that run the whole length rather than shorter sections. We need cycle lanes that are continuous and secure.”
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