The ring road now usually has four lanes per direction of traffic. BERTRAND GUAY / AFP A major project. Anne Hidalgo promised, Wednesday, May 18, during a press conference, to revegetate 10 hectares of the ring road in Paris and to plant 70,000 trees there by reducing the number of traffic lanes. The PS mayor of the capital wants to make the ring road an urban boulevard like the others, as suggested by a note written for the progressive think tank Terra Nova in 2019. The circular ring of 35 kilometers, which will celebrate its half-century in 2023 , is a “grey belt that we would like to see transformed into a green belt” by 2030, declared the former presidential candidate of the PS, who wants to offer the 500,000 inhabitants living on either side of this fast axis a “more harmonious, more pleasant living environment”. Read also Article reserved for our subscribers In Paris, “transforming the ring road in six years is doable” The ring road now most often has four lanes per direction of traffic. “Our objective is two times three lanes on the whole infrastructure”, announced his deputy (Europe Ecology-The Greens, EELV) for mobility David Belliard. The “Olympic lane”, reserved for participants in the 2024 Olympic Games (athletes, officials, rescue workers), will then be allocated to buses, taxis and carpooling, said Mr. Belliard, for whom these measures will make it possible to withdraw 80,000 traffic vehicles. Read also Article reserved for our subscribers Around the ring road, new centers of gravity are taking shape The Olympic and Paralympic Games of @Paris2024 will accelerate these transformations. In 2024 and beyond, a path s… https://t.co/bTcAjKscwj— Anne_Hidalgo (@Anne Hidalgo) Radical opposition from the region To carry out this project, Ms. Hidalgo, whose first municipal mandate had been marked through a long politico-judicial fight to transform the roads on the banks of the right bank into a pedestrian promenade, intends to carry out “all legal consultations” and promises to “listen” to motorists, but also to “truck drivers, traders”. The horizon of 2030, that is after the end of his second term (2026), must allow “people to be able to adapt” to this change, she further said. Read also Article reserved for our subscribers In Paris, anti-car measures accused of being counterproductive She should face radical opposition on this file from the right-wing president of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse , who in 2021 asked the State to reconsider this municipal infrastructure as a regional infrastructure and asked for “impact studies” before the town hall launched its projects. Read also: Regional 2021: Valérie Pécresse proposes that the Ile-de-France region recover the management of the Paris ring road Another former presidential candidate, Ms. Pécresse had organized an online consultation in which 90% of voters opposed the “removal” of a lane on the peripheral. On the ring road, 40% of journeys are from suburb to suburb, and 80% of users are not Parisians, depending on the region. Read the forum: Article reserved for our subscribers Paris: “Let’s not destroy the ring road, let’s transform it” Le Monde with AFP
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