Developing mobility in Bordeaux

Mobility is a structuring element of the attractiveness and development of a city. In Bordeaux, major projects are part of the improvement of mobility. Among the latest is the restructuring of the Lescure bus depot. Indeed, the project aims to deliver a new modern, functional bus depot. In addition, the buses will be better integrated into the environment. Thus, the project will contribute to the enhancement of the site while thus improving the quality of life of local residents.

Entered into discussions in May 2017, the project is currently underway. It should be ready in early 2024. In addition, respecting its environmental commitments, the city is obliged to set up a respectful construction site. All the stakeholders on the site have signed a charter that obliges to reduce pollution, limit and control the noise emitted, set up a clean site, or monitor consumption…

Bordeaux, as the capital of the New Aquitaine region is no exception. The 49.36 km2 agglomeration places mobility at the heart of the city’s policy. Over the years, the development of mobility is gradual. It aims to ensure a certain conviviality to the populations living in Bordeaux. In addition, it is a real contribution to sustainable development.

There is no shortage of initiatives in Bordeaux. The city develops structuring projects in the transport sector. In particular, it has lengthened the tram lines, new bus lines have been created and finally additional bike paths are available.

The aim is to make the city greener and better equipped with transport infrastructure. It wants to rank among the best breathable cities in France. City in which mobility has a real impact on the air quality and friendliness of the city. Bordeaux is thus committed. It offers a rich and diversified transport offer.

This offer contributes to strengthening its great attractiveness both economically and touristally. Proof of its promising development, it is rich in many distinctions. Indeed, it is positioned as the most attractive city in France for employment in 2018. A distinction that she obtains for the fifth consecutive time (Great Place to Work). It is also the sixth least stressful city in the world. It ranks just behind Stuttgart, Luxembourg, Hanover Bern and Munich, according to a Zipjet survey conducted in 2018. As the leading French city in this ranking, Bordeaux is an example of development and stability.

The sustainable dimension: at the heart of the objectives of the city of Bordeaux

Today, at a time of sustainable development, cities must be “eco-responsible”. Therefore, they must put in place measures to promote an increasingly environmentally friendly circulation. The city of Bordeaux is part of this momentum. In recent years, it has been committed to implementing increasingly sustainable mobility. This strategic option has two objectives. On the one hand, it is necessary to ensure its population a healthy and friendly living environment. On the other hand, it is necessary to boost the economic and tourist attractiveness of the city. Also, it is therefore imbued with realism that measures are taken, they aim to:

– Minimize the use of polluting cars to improve air quality while de-cluttering the streets of Bordeaux, in order to ease traffic flow and facilitate parking;

– Strengthen the provision of public transport in order to make all neighbourhoods accessible to all and offer more frequent crossings;

– Set up an express bike network to allow people who do not take public transport or a private vehicle to be able to quickly rent a bike and quickly drop it off at a nearby station;

– Encouraging people to change their behaviour in favour of respect for the environment, recycling and consumption;

– Promote sustainable mobility in the city so as not to generate traffic jams, especially on major roads that are heavily used by users during peak hours.

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Promoting mobility to offer a better living environment

The “new deal” of mobility in Bordeaux in a nutshell…

Many projects in the transport sector (the commissioning of the tramway in 2003) have considerably stimulated a change of direction in Bordeaux in terms of transport. The mobility offer has undergone more oriented evolutions in a gradual decrease in polluting vehicles and their use in general in the city. The offer of public transport (tramway, bus, etc.) is more privileged for its inevitable benefits for the environment and the quality of life. Travel modes such as walking and cycling are also encouraged.

The metropolitan mobility strategy adopted in 2016 following the Grenelle of mobility to lay the foundations for the development of a high-performance network in Bordeaux. The 2020 horizon is set to:

– A significant decrease in the use of cars in travel to 45%.

– Increase to 15% of cycling trips and 25% by walking.

– Make Bordeaux a “breathable city for five years”;

– Significantly reduce traffic lights whose contribution in terms of safety and reduction of speed is no longer proven. And replace them with roundabouts, stops, pedestrian priorities, etc.

These are all measures that are the main objectives of the city’s mobility strategy. These structuring initiatives will make the city passable, attractive and caring.

Bordeaux’s ranking among the most attractive and dynamic cities in France is no accident. Beyond its strong economic, industrial, tourist and cultural potential, considerable efforts are being made in the field of mobility in order to offer a transport offer that meets the needs of an ever-growing, dynamic and enterprising population. The progressive development of the city is in any case a more than encouraging boost in the city’s projections in terms of ecological evolution.




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