Pontarlier is banking on 30 km/h!

Pontarlier is banking on 30 km/h!
Pontarlier is banking on 30 km/h!

Pontarlier would therefore be a parking paradise for motorists (see Mr. Weber’s letter of May 11), and the city of Fribourg, instead of annoying motorists, would be well advised to take inspiration from it. In fact, quite the opposite is happening.

Indeed, the city of Pontarlier has just put a municipal traffic and parking plan out for consultation in spring 2024 in order to improve the quality of life in the city. Among the measures planned for traffic: generalization of 30 km/h throughout the city, including on penetrating roads, to pacify public spaces, compartmentalization of the city center to reduce transit traffic, development of the cycle network to encourage modal shift. Doesn’t that remind you of anything?

As for parking, other measures are planned, for example an improvement in the turnover rate of motorists in existing spaces (which will certainly not be the case in Friborg if the first hour of parking becomes free!). As we can see, Pontarlier, just like Friborg and many other cities, has understood that to cope with the unbridled development of individual motorized traffic in the city, with all the nuisances it causes (noise, pollution, accidents, etc.) , we had to act.

This means establishing a balance between local life and traffic, while preserving the accessibility of the city center, on foot, by bike, by public transport or by car if this is really necessary.

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