A city with a strong background in sustainable mobility
With the implementation of the very first self-service bicycle hire system in France in 1976, as well as the first city-centre pedestrianized area as of 1973, La Rochelle is a city that has historically attracted attention because of its soft mobility-focused, innovative culture.
The agglomeration is trying to satisfy its inhabitants’ transport requirements in the best possible way. From the perspective of making the city increasingly pleasant, La Rochelle has defined an Urban Development Plan, whose principal goal is the reduction of vehicle traffic on its streets. Alternatives to the private car, such as bicycles, electric car sharing, electric boats or even carpooling have thus been developed.