“Our children want to breathe!
Fewer cars, more greenery.
In a slogan displayed at the entrance to rue d'Orsel, closed to traffic this Thursday morning due to the mobilization of parents of students at the school of the same name, everything is said about the watchword of this demonstration. organized in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.
"It's important to pedestrianize the streets around the schools for the safety of the kids first and also to reduce noise and air pollution," says Anne, mother of Axel, in the last year of kindergarten.
Loan's father, Ronan Le Baut, a civil servant, continues: “We are just asking for the installation of removable barriers on this portion of the street in order to maintain deliveries from small businesses and service to local residents.
Organized by Respire, which has been fighting since 2011 to improve air quality, this symbolic mobilization brought together, according to the association, some 200 people in total, distributed in front of 16 Parisian schools.
The demonstrators want the municipality to speed up the implementation of the so-called street-to-school device.
It consists of total or partial pedestrianization of the surroundings of schools.
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Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of transport and roads, David Belliard (EELV) came to defend his action on rue d'Orsel: "Over the past two years, we have created 169 streets for schools
(Paris has 760 schools, kindergartens and primaries)
Even if it's difficult because we can't do it everywhere or block traffic on the main roads, our desire is to reach 300 streets with schools in 2026. "
While indicating that "rue d'Orsel will be developed in the coming months", the elected official specifies that "the cost of a street to schools varies from 300,000 to 800,000 euros, depending on the level of vegetation and the nature of the equipment installed.
Also present in Montmartre, Jacques Baudrier (PCF), assistant to the coordination of works on public space, announces: “We are going to develop 37 new streets for schools this summer.
Director general of the Respire association, Tony Renucci asks the municipality to “give priority to health emergencies”.
And explains: “Among the 300 most polluted schools in the capital, the survey by the La rue est à nous coalition
(which notably includes France nature environnement, Greenpeace, etc.)
revealed in March 2022 that only 27 have a street. to schools.
It's a start, but it's not enough.
Especially since of the 169 already built, many have been in easy places, whether dead ends, one-way streets or very light traffic.
In short, Tony Renucci and the parents of the rue d'Orsel are formal: the student David Belliard can do better.