Monday, September 26, 2016

Tract on shore in Paris : heated debate in perspective – The Figaro

VIDEO – The mayor of Paris hailed a “historic decision, the end of an urban motorway in Paris and the reconquest of the river Seine”.

on Monday, before the Council of Paris, where Anne Hidalgo has a majority, the pedestrianization of the road on the right bank of the capital, the voie Georges-Pompidou, was passed without surprise. Much to the chagrin of the right-wing opposition. the mayor of the capital city of Hidalgo has hailed a “landmark decision, the end of an urban motorway in Paris and the reconquest of the river Seine”.

The council approved the “declaration of project of pedestrianization final” of the banks, with all the voices of the parties of the left (PS-PCF, PRG, PG), and environmentalists. Right, LR, and IDUS have voted against it, the MoDem has failed, in debates pugnaces but courteous, on the whole. A municipal ordinance final will follow the vote in a few weeks.

The project closes so definitely the voie Georges-Pompidou in traffic on 3.3 km of the dock bottom, to the entrance of the tunnel des Tuileries (Ier arrondissement) at the exit of the tunnel Henri-IV (Fourth arrondissement). About 43.000 vehicles circulating each day on the banks classified in the UNESCO world heritage site.

in order To give more weight to his criticism, the opposition has once again brandished the report of the commission of inquiry relating to this project. Fell in last August, this report issues a negative opinion on the pedestrianization of the way. For the authors of this report, this closure to traffic will generate reports of traffic more important than announced, traffic jams increased and as a result, a risk of worsening air pollution. Added to this is an observation that strikes down the project. Contradicting the analysis of the City of Paris, the authors emphasize that this pathway has not lost its vocation to be a key axis for the inhabitants of the suburbs, joining Paris. Even if the mayors of suburbs are not present Monday to request the maintenance of the traffic on this shore, they can rely on their fellow parisians to relay their grievances.

Thus, after having launched a call to general states of the circulation in association with a number of elected members of the small crown, Eric Azière, president of the group UDI-MoDem of the Council of Paris, had to shout to defend the ile-de-france. “This axis is involved in the economic activity. The inhabitants of Ile-de-France the use to come to work in the capital city,” he says without being closed with a reflection on the future of this axis. “Paris must act within the framework of a consultation with its suburbs, and a new traffic plan. We had asked for a moratorium to do it properly this work and this has been refused”, he complained.

“This axis is involved in the economic activity,”

The City of Paris provides for the installation of sensors around this way to evaluate the pollutants emitted by automobile traffic. For Jean-François Legaret, the mayor (LR) of the Ier arrondissement, this measure is already devitalized. “As the right had asked, he would have had to put sensors before the closing of the path Pompidou to obtain first data, and be able to compare them once the traffic is prohibited. No such instance”, rants and raves there.

From their side, the proponents of this pedestrianization persist. Last week, Christophe Najdovski, the deputy in charge of transport, is income on the reasons for this decision. Challenging what was stated in the report of the commission of inquiry, it ensures that this path is not a transit route. “The transit is 9% at peak hours in the morning and 5 % in the evening”, he said while the town planner, Frédéric Héran, at his side, came back on the principle of “evaporation” of the movement put forward by the City. “It is a statement that is true each and every time and not a theory”, first clarified the specialist. Thus, any closure of a traffic lane to be translated systematically, according to him, by a disappearance of important traffic. Between those who give up to take the wheel and those who adopt new commuting habits, traffic decreases.

The arm of iron between the left and the right about this axis is beyond the scope of the Council of Paris. The region Ile-de-France first of all plays the pressure. The chair (LR), Valérie Pécresse, who asked to be associated with the reflection, has created a “committee of assessment” on the consequences of the pedestrianization of the pathways on bank of the right bank. Ever, the new use of an axis has not been as guarded. The prefect of police of Paris, who wished to test during the six months the voie Georges-Pompidou without a car, also decided to establish a committee of the technical follow-up.

Then, all could be playing in front of the courts. The track, which is hosting an exhibition, is already closed to traffic for three weeks. “Traffic is delayed on the docks high where we live in the pollution and the concerts of the horn,” explains Jean-François Legaret, which does not preclude the possibility of a court for “endangering the lives of others”.

as much as the first results of this pedestrianization are mixed. A first report of the directorate of highways of the town hall of Paris, unveiled by The Sunday Newspaper, shows a clear increase in the number of vehicles on the first three weeks of September, on the docks high and the boulevard Saint-Germain, as well as a lengthening of the journey time of motorists. But according to the JDD, these figures would be inferior to the impact study carried out by an independent body.


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