“There is no bicycle network that can be set up without restricting the car”

An increase of + 21% in the fourth quarter of 2021, which is confirmed in 2022 with a + 12% in April (compared to April 2021). The practice of cycling in the metropolis of Bordeaux continues to increase, observed since 2016.

“This figure of + 21% in the last quarter of 2021 is really impressive, but we are still cautious because it can also be explained by the somewhat particular period we have known, including confinement, teleworking,” said Florent Coignac, head of assets. Fashion department in the Bordeaux metropolis. The mobility of people has been slightly altered, with a decrease in the use of public transport in particular “, he continues.

“We could double, or even more, the number of cyclists”

Florent Coignac, however, confirms an upward trend for several years, “which is partly explained by the policies pursued in this area, with more and more innovations, such as shared bus lanes with bicycles on the boulevards. , and the calm of the neighborhoods that makes people feel safer. ”

For the Vélo Cité association, these figures confirm “a fundamental increase”. “There is a real cycling effect that does not stop at the moment,” says Benoit Gilliot, coordinator within the association. It is explained by the consequences of the Covid crisis, and the climate imperatives that also come into play. There is, however, a huge reserve of cyclists: we could double, or even more, the number of cyclists in the metropolis, but for that we need facilities where people do not ask questions, where there are no conflicts, and on a child. she can travel without her parents being anxious. »

270 km of Xarxa Expressa in 2030

This is where the metropolis launched its ReVE card, Réseau Vélo Express. Composed of fourteen structuring and safe axles, this plan should allow the development of 270 km of bike lanes by 2030, “among which we estimate that about a quarter is already up and running, half are it has to improve, and a quarter of it is not equipped at all, ”says Florent Coignac.

Two-axis operational phases have already been launched, Bordeaux-Parempuyre and Bordeaux-Artigues, “on which there are already many existing or planned developments. The delivery of these first two axes is expected in 2024. For the other twelve, a major programming study will be done in 2022 to prioritize the lines, which should be delivered between 2025 and 2030.

“We have to put the means, as we could for the tram”

Associations look forward to this scheme. “The challenge is colossal with work that will cross the entire metropolis,” explains Benoit Gilliot. We must not be afraid to embark on substantial work in terms of crossings, with tunnels, bridges … We must put the means, as we have been able to do for the tram, knowing that there is no bicycle network that can put stay in place without having to force the car, either in the traffic lane or in the parking lot. »

Florent Coignac warns, however, that “we can’t bet everything on the ReVE” precisely because “we can’t create facilities with 1.5 m and 2 m of traffic per direction everywhere, except to limit the car a lot.” “We can’t put quality cycling equipment in the neighborhoods.”

Bordeaux Métropole aims for a modal share of 18% of cyclists

If Vélo Cité obviously strongly promotes this news, the association remains vigilant. “We are always on the alert, because at the moment there are still aberrant projects coming out, such as at the end of the future Simone-Veil bridge on the left bank, with a route that forces bicycles to turn to cross,” he laments. Benoit Gilliot. At Euratlantique it’s the same, we see delivered projects that are worthy of the early 2000s, or even earlier, with interruptions and publications everywhere. »

This does not stop the practice from progressing. Bordeaux Métropole aims for a modal share of 18% for cycling in 2030, compared to 14% in 2021, while aiming to reduce the car share from 50% to 33% at the same time.

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