How the municipality seeks to transform the city center through projects to improve circulation by bike and car.

Ecologists are celebrating their two-year mandate in Strasbourg and are preparing to launch a series of consultations on a topic they love: mobility and sharing of public space in downtown. They put forward their ideas before starting the debate.

This is one of the files, even a priority file that seeks to move towards the end of Strasbourg’s executive mandate: How to better access and promote Strasbourg city center?

A file that has many: how to calm the relationship between cyclists, always more numerous, and pedestrians, who live in the majority in the city center? How to account for motorists, whom environmentalists want to see as much as possible outside the city center? How to handle the question of parking forks, when it is a priority to make the space green?

These are all questions that the municipality wants to solve completely. “It’s like a big Tetris where everything has to fit togetherWhile opening a wide range of consultations, Mayor Jean Barseghian advanced which will be spread over several months. We can’t think of creating a green space or social life without thinking about the need to park the car somewhere other than the road … If we want to create a pedestrian or bicycle path, the bus has to run somewhere else … “

The first meeting for the people of Strasbourg is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, to present the main points of this reflection, the project schedule and the key ideas already put forward. “We want to hear from residents and economic players. Sharing and using public space is everyone’s business. But we need a framework. The mayor explained. Not everything will be possible

And so this structure is built on several axes, which will be presented on 22 June. Here are the highlights.

Strasbourg, the cycling capital, yes. But not at the expense of pedestrians. “Travel to the city center is on foot first, then by bicycle, then by public transport and finally by car.Sophie Dupressoir explains, the elected official in charge of the city capable of cycling and walking. And that’s what we have to think about. “

“Ring”, a kind of device for soft travel, so there will be a pedestrian route, “Crafty Pedestrian”, Strictly separated from the bicycle lane. A set that will borrow the inner sections of the island ellipse so that the hypercenter can be trapped and unloaded.

“This will allow for much smoother cycling routes, pedestrians will be safer, and there will be fewer bicycles in the center pedestrian area. All routes will have equipment to allow you to attach your bike if you wish. Walk there. And the ring will be connected to several existing cycle paths. “

So the platforms should be free from all traffic, especially buses. These should be pushed to the outer ditches of the island’s ellipse by the end of 2023, when development work on this multimodal ring has been announced for the end of 2022.

And since it is a question of public transport, the municipality relies on two priority projects to expand its offer in the city center: the high-level service bus line G, which currently runs between the company’s European territory Schultzheim and Strasbourg. The station will extend south of Eurometropolis and serve important locations, such as a civil hospital or police station, for example. 12 new stations should be offered, every 7 minutes should be served from 4:30 am to midnight, City’s commitment to commissioning for the end of 2023 for an investment of 14.7 million euros.

North of the terrain, it is the extension of trams to Schiltheim and Bisheim that will accelerate the transition from the first ring to the center, officials hope. A tram that will pass through Avenue des Voges and Place de Haguenau, the main areas of Strasbourg have therefore been brought in for redevelopment, another line of work on which reflection has been introduced.

“We have a great path, with a listed heritage, which we do not take advantage of. And finally, the Place de Haguenau, with a park that is very difficult to access.”, Lament the mayor. Avenue des Voges, as it is about, needs to be thoroughly redesigned because trams have to go through it, and the circulation of bicycles in particular remains difficult even though bicycle lanes were established after a long war. Association

Greens dream that another very popular place for Strasbourg residents, like Place des Hales, would be able to plant these very mineral spaces on a large scale. This sector will also be at the center of the discussion “Balancing the coexistence of different means of transport and the use of public spaces and significantly expanding green spaces”, Says Town Hall. A budget of 4 million euros is planned for this sector of Les Hales alone, with the aim of completing it by the end of the mandate in 2026. Residents and economic players are invited to share their ideas and perspectives, so that work could begin in 2024.

And the car in all this? “I was not selected for the car park in the city centerImmediately Jeanne Barseghian insisted. But I know very well that he is part of the controversyBecause the residents there need their cars – even if “Only 40% of Strasbourg households own a car”, Marie’s guess -, and so be able to park it. Because businesses must be able to deliver. But to create new green spaces, squares, bicycle paths you need to clear the space on the street. And thus clear the parking space.

Parking is a problem on the 700-kilometer road in Strasbourg

Pierre Ozen, deputy mayor in charge of shared public spaces and streets

“When you want to enliven a public meeting, you mention parking and you leave! It’s an exciting thing.Pierre Ozen acknowledges the deputy mayor in charge of shared public spaces and streets. On the 700-kilometer Strasbourg road, that’s a problem. “

For which the elected official came up with an answer: the construction of a new car park. Three new structures are planned in the Neustadt, Neudorf and Montagne Verte districts, “In Silos (On the surface, and not underground, editor’s note), Because it’s cheap to build, and above all, reversible, the day it is no longer needed. ” The location has been identified and discussions with private companies have begun, “said David Cook, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau.Because there’s no reason for the budget to be weighed entirely on the community, and because these companies have amazing skills in this area. “

Car parks that will free up space in this surrounding area free of cars on the street, which residents can recover. However, this is a scenario raised by the municipality, which it will share with major interested parties from June 22 and for several months with the desire to give a new face in Strasbourg city center. The challenge is to move from scenario to action.

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