Seine-et-Marne: this city will test a pedestrian street between the city center all summer


Julien Van Caeyseele

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May 29, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

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Building on the success of the pedestrianization of rue des Sablons, the City of Fontainebleau (Seine et Marne) wants to consider other possibilities… From May 31, 2024 and until September, the part of the Ferrara street located between rue de France and passage Ronsin will be closed to road traffic.

Towards the development of pedestrian streets in Fontainebleau

A test which was announced by Julien Gondard, the mayor of Fontainebleau, during the greeting ceremony. “The idea of ​​this test is to create continuity with rue des Sablons,” he underlines. We will take the pulse of this portion and see how this pedestrianization works, even if there are no particular constraints. We want to encourage gentle modes of travel and calm traffic. »

During the period, access to the castle car park is via the Ronsin passage and an exit is possible on rue Richelieu, the one-way direction of which has been reversed. Exit from the car park is exclusively via the rue Saint-Honoré.

Residents affected by the test will still have access to their homes, via a removable barrier at the top of Ronsin Passage. They can also send their remarks and comments to the municipality by email ([email protected]).

In addition to local residents, the test should benefit traders in the sector. “We have validated the terrace extensions which can thus be fitted out during the test phase”, indicates Carole Guernalecmunicipal councilor in charge of revitalizing businesses.

Good news for Quentin Hubert, one of the managers of the Adma restaurant: “We are going to invest in the creation of a terrace in rue de Ferrare so we hope that this test will attract customers,” he confides. Everyone has to play the game, but on paper, this seems like a great opportunity to make the area more visible and therefore more attractive. »

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Archives. For Quentin Hubert, one of the managers of the Adma restaurant, this test will allow an extension of his terrace and attract potential customers ©GT/RSM77

Isabelle Olzenski is also convinced by this state of affairs. This Bellifontaine, environmentalist candidate in the last municipal elections, had also pleaded for expanded pedestrianization of the city center.

“This test in the rue de Ferrare is a good start, but it must be extended to other sectors: this would improve the quality of life of the inhabitants”, estimates the one who had also proposed a precise perimeter of pedestrianization, in the hypercenter.

And a test on rue de la Paroisse?

“This involves real reflection on the mapping of pedestrian zones, the question of parking, parking, its cost, even shuttles to reach the city center,” she continues. I am convinced that making public space accessible to pedestrians can be done without major technical difficulties and at lower cost. »

Drawing. If the test is conclusive in Fontainebleau, other sections of street could be imagined in the future ©Pixabay

Asked about a possible development of pedestrian zones in Fontainebleau, Julien Gondard indicates that work is currently being carried out, in particular with the association La Vie à vélo. “We need studies to review car circulation,” he replies. Pedestrianization cannot be decreed like that; a precise analysis is required upstream. »

For example, discussions are being held to consider the same system in another portion of the street: the bottom of Rue de la Paroisse, near Place de la République.

“It’s a place to live that could lend itself to it and that deserves to be studied,” concludes the mayor. In the meantime, if the first test, carried out on rue de Ferrare, is conclusive, the vehicle ban systems will be made permanent. Response in September.

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