La Rochelle is a French pioneer in terms of soft transport

La Rochelle, reputed for its commitment to urban ecology, is unquestionably recognised as the French capital of soft mobility initiatives. Your next summer destination?La Rochelle hit the news recently in terms of sustainable transport innovation with CityMobil. The goal of this project, which brings together 26 partners across 10 countries, is to test out alternative means of transport, using new technologies in an urban environment.The city is serving as a support for a test, in real conditions, involving entirely automated vehicles, circulating in a lane reserved for pedestrians, cyclists and delivery vehicles. The project, being managed completely by the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), will run all summer.

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.

More info and source: Sustainable Mobility

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