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Paris: the 70,000 parking spaces removed will be returned to cyclists and pedestrians


David Belliard, the deputy traffic ecologist, presented, on Wednesday, the conclusions of the general parking lot. The space

Operation "reconquest of public space", act II!

Four months after the “shock” announcement of the removal of 70,000 street parking spaces in the capital (50% of the total park), David Belliard, Anne Hidalgo's deputy environmentalist in charge of travel, presented on Wednesday the conclusions of the vast “citizen consultation” that he had launched in the wake.

Residents, professionals (Parisians or not), transport players, etc. have been invited to reflect on the reallocation of the space that will be freed up by the elimination of half of the parking strips in Paris.

A total area of ​​60 hectares (more than 7 times the area of ​​Place de la Concorde) to be returned to all city users.

Their work has led the town hall to identify several "axes" of redevelopment.

Retail review.

Priority “soft mobility”.

"The reduction in parking spaces must above all benefit parking and the movement of soft and shared mobility", insists David Belliard.

The space “taken back” from motorists could therefore be used to widen the sidewalks to make the capital more pedestrian, to strengthen the cycle network, to make car-sharing and electric mobility services more accessible or even to increase the number of bicycle parking lots. secure and green spaces requested by many participants in the States General.

Motorists sent back to basements.

The observation speaks for itself: in Paris for a “surface” parking space there are 5 parking spaces in underground car parks, whether public, private or residential.

The town hall's idea is to work with operators and landlords to harmonize parking prices (for the moment more attractive on the road than underground) in order to encourage motorists to park in the basement. .

The site is sizeable.

In particular for holders of a resident parking card (there are 110,000 in Paris) who pay 42 euros per month to park in the street.

The monthly subscription in underground car parks is on average 4 times more expensive.

A reform of the delivery areas


No question of complicating the economic activity of the capital!

David Belliard is reassuring for “professionals”.

The reduction in street parking will not affect the delivery areas, which should on the contrary be resized and multiplied.

“Parking for professionals must benefit from part of the freed up spaces”, insists the elected representative who evokes a future delivery reform with the creation of shared logistics hubs, mobile logistics bases or even delivery incentive systems. overnight in clean vehicles or cargo bikes.

"A vehicle that is often mocked but which becomes a real urban logistics tool", insists the elected official.

Payment for parking motorcycles still on the track


According to the mayor of Paris, this controversial proposal was taken up by many participants in the states general of parking.

“I have already indicated that I am in favor of paid parking for motorcycles.

Anne Hidalgo too ”, insists David Belliard, reinforced by the conclusions of the citizen panel which worked on the subject.

"It is too early to know when we will do it, and at what price ... But we will do it," says the deputy transport manager of the mayor of Paris.

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Arbitrations before the summer


The elected representative welcomed the “enthusiasm” of Parisians for the Estates General (the platform totaled 16,500 contributions, ie the absolute record for this municipal site)… but warned, however: “We are not going to resume without filter all the proposals.

We will continue the work and arbitration with the various partners and the first concrete proposals will be presented to the Paris Council before the summer.


Source: leparis

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