• The town hall of Paris will transform the ring road by massively planting trees and devoting a lane to carpooling and public transport between 2024 and 2030.

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    asked for the opinion of its readers, whose diversity shows the complexity of the project.

  • Between the constraint of the transformation, the poor management of public transport and the doubts as to the ecological efficiency of the project, opinions are divided.

“Vegetation is an extraordinary and fabulous lever for transforming this entire territory.

Anne Hidalgo was enthusiastic on Wednesday when presenting the project for the future device.

The ecological ambitions of the mayor of Paris are no secret to anyone and now place "the transformation of the ring road" with the ambition to move "from the gray belt to the green belt".

The plan of the town hall therefore pursues a triple objective.

Firstly, it is a question of improving the quality of life of the 555,200 inhabitants close to the road ring, exposed to levels of pollution higher than the recommendations of the WHO.

The following two objectives are in fact almost synonymous: combating global warming and limiting the emission of greenhouse gases.

To fulfill these two and a half objectives, two and a half measures.

The first is to plant.

By 2024, on the embankments, on the central reservations, on the ramps, some 50,000 trees will grow to accompany the 18,000 already planted between 2020 and 2022. The second measure consists of modifying traffic on the ring road by introducing a lane reserved for virtuous modes of transport (buses, taxis, carpooling) that the boulevard will inherit from the “Olympic and Paralympic lane”.

This solution inevitably implies the reduction of a lane for “normal” motorists.

This is the desire to reduce the number of 820,000 drivers who use the “grey belt” alone every day.

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 you reacted to this project and it is clear that they are shared.

The vast majority nevertheless recognizes that an evolution of traffic around Paris is necessary.

Going from 4 to 3 lanes, so "it's already driving very badly"

Whether readers are against or agree with this plan, everyone sees this transformation as a difficulty for motorists.

For Quentin, "users will only change their habits under duress", a system which, according to him, ends up limiting the use of the car.

Thibault also hopes that this lane reduction will get users out of the “reflex of driving alone”.

But if there is constraint, there are constraints.

"If she thinks we take the ring road for fun," thunders Matt against the mayor of Paris.

For many, this transformation rhymes with regression.

“When will the plows pulled by oxen be back?

“, jokes Walter, while Yona hardly dares to imagine a three-lane ring road when at four, “it’s already going very badly”.

“Stop chasing motorists”

Green belt or not, Ile-de-France residents are asking for better efficiency in public transport.

“I take the car because public transport from suburbs to suburbs sucks,” Marco annoys.

Paris and the suburbs, a long story of falling out of love, the result of a misunderstanding of each other's priorities.

“Not everyone lives near an RER station.

We must stop chasing motorists, ”continues Marco.

The "suburbanites" denounce a witch hunt.

Hichem believes that we must "find another way than to punish motorists" in particular by encouraging "to drive greener, and to promote teleworking".

On the other side of the ring road, we also ask for consistency in the project.

Daniel as Martin say: "if we reduce the offer from 4 to 3 lanes, we will have to increase the offer of public transport" but also of "free car parks".

A second Quentin points out a difficulty: “The public transport offer is not controlled by the municipality but by the region.

However, no consultation takes place between the two parties.

This lack of communication between the municipality managed by Hidalgo, which organizes the ring road, and the region chaired by Valérie Pécresse, which governs transport, would be, according to him, the source of many problems, current and future.

"Cover the ring road and make greenways on it"

"I am for this project because it takes into account the real climate emergency and public health", confides Carine who advocates the "natural recycling of part of the CO2 by plants".

Some do not share the enthusiasm of this resident of the 11th arrondissement.

This is the case of Régine, for whom this “pharaonic” project has no place on the boulevard, “the center of Paris is already pedestrian, why not focus on this area to start with?


Al, meanwhile, assures that "the trees will not grow in these unsuitable conditions".

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Other readers are more proactive in reducing the carbon impact of the gray belt.

Laurent puts forward the idea of ​​“burying the ring road in order to build housing and green spaces.

" Carole agrees "I am 1,000 times against this project!

It should be covered and greenways made above.

Whether we hide it or reduce it, Hiro's wish will come true: "Goodbye car!"



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