Since the month of April, Montpellier may borrow up to ten kilometres of cycle paths installed throughout the containment, with the aim of promoting the bike as a gesture barrier and give people the urge to get to it. Laurent Raffier member of the association Velocities on a tracks, transitional. This “corona-” runway served by the district hospital, Montpellier, france. (FARIDA NOUAR / RADIO FRANCE)
Place Albert 1er, Montpellier. If Laurent Raffier is a member of the association Velocity, we hope to see you here, this is not by chance. “It is a tram stop and right next to a tram, there is a bike trail with a totem, which is the object of worship by the militant cyclists who deposit offerings…“, has fun there. At the counter of the totem pole, 700 passages of cyclists, just for the morning, which borrow from the month of April a new track transitional located a few metres away. “These studs, there, take a path that was before dedicated to the cars and which is now dedicated to bikes, “says Laurent Raffier.
Ten kilometers of bicycle paths
Several cycling trails temporary, a dozen kilometres in total, have seen the light of day with the help of the association to serve, for example, the district hospitals, constructed during and after the confinement imposed due to the sars coronavirus. These “coronapistes”, which could be sustained for the purpose of promoting the bike as a gesture barrier and give Montpellier the urge to get to it. For Laurent Raffier, the mission is a success : ‘We see indeed that the practice of the bike is back at least to the level it was before the confinement, he notes. While for the other modes, public transport and the car, it is still below. These new tracks are there for something !”
Several temp tracks have seen the light of day in the city deqpuis the containment. The motorists them like today of the increase in the number of caps. (FARIDA NOUAR / RADIO FRANCE)
Further evidence of this enthusiasm, the workshops of bike say they are now overwhelmed. Marc and Friedrich, cyclists, and are thrilled to see their community grow. But for Montpellier to become the city of the bike, it would have to refurbish the old existing tracks. “The problem, laments one, is that there is no continuity, this is not too thoughtful…” “and, of Course, adds his friend, it is to improve. Me, I ride my bike to Montpellier for 30 years. And of course, the bike trails, even preliminary, it is necessary to continue in this way…”.
But not too quickly, will annoy the motorists. On the avenue of Toulouse, one of the most busy, they do not rest more than two ways to ride : the other two are transformed into a cycle path and bus route. Result : it gets stuck and slows down. “It slowed down, all the way is blocked to turn”, says one motorist. “There are more plugs, the cars are one behind the other”, storm another.
With the exhaust gas, it pollutes a lot more. Imagine the cyclist who passes and who breathes it ! I find that it is inconsistent.A automobilisteà franceinfo
More space for cycling could allow Montpellier to leave the tail of the pack of the latest barometer of bicycle paths : the city is only ninth in the standings on eleven cities in total.
Municipal : the bicycle in Montpellier. Story of Farida Nouar–‘—-‘–