Paris has introduced a speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour to reduce accidents and noise pollution, but also to help the capital adapt to climate change. Some 200 French towns have already taken similar steps.
From Monday, motorbikes will have to respect the 30km / h speed limit in Paris, except for the Perry Freak Ring Road which revolves around Paris and some major boulevards, including the Champs Elysees.
Exceeding the limit can result in a fine of up to 2 points on your driving license.
Sixty percent of the capital’s roads already have speed limits, while others are limited to single lanes or pedestrians.
This is part of the term of the mayor of Paris. Ann Hedlgo. To reduce the amount of public space taken by cars, including reducing their speed.
Deputy Mayor David Billiard said the move is part of a coordinated policy to relocate public space. France told Info. on Monday. “It’s a policy that prefers so-called” soft “movements such as walking, cycling and public transport instead of cars, which we want to keep safe for essential travel.”
Critics of Hidalgo have accused him of enforcing anti-car policies that cause traffic headaches in the city and punish people living in the suburbs, who rely heavily on cars to get to the capital. Are
“This is one of those small, somewhat stupid moves, it means the French people are sick of politics,” Pierre Chassrie, general envoy for the “40 Million Automobileists” group, told CNews.
Billiard denied the allegations.
“This is the first safety measure, ensuring the safety of the most vulnerable: pedestrians and cyclists,” he said. “The vast majority of serious or fatal accidents in Paris are caused by cars or heavy vehicles.”
TO Study by Serma (Center for Expertise on Environment, Mobility and Planning) found that the number of pedestrians injured or killed in Grenoble has halved since the Alpine city introduced the 30km / h limit in January 2016. ۔
Some opponents criticized the usefulness of the speed of 30 km per hour, citing each other. Study by Serma Which shows that traveling at a constant speed of 30 km per hour produces more CO2 emissions than 50 km per hour.
Billiard said the study “was not consistent with traffic in urban centers like Paris because it was based on average speeds”.
As the study itself shows, vehicles emit a lot of pollution when they slow down and speed up, which is often the case in cities, and when they go at high speeds.
“With this move, we’re limiting the effects of acceleration and reduction,” Billiard said.
Taxi drivers are also against the speed limit. Their current tariff system – under which once a taxi travels at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour, its customers are billed on a minute-by-minute basis rather than the length of the journey – they automatically lower fares. Will increase by less than 15%.
Billiard acknowledged there was a problem and said he would work with taxi drivers to make suggestions to the Department of Transportation to see how price changes could be made.
In fact, lower speeds can have less of an effect than fear.
According to locals, the average driving speed in central Paris from 7am to 9pm is 11.6km / h and 30.9km / h on the Ring Road. Transportation Statistics Agency.
A European trend.
About 200 French towns have so far introduced a 30km / h limit, including Grenoble, Nantes and Lille.
Lyon, France’s third largest city, is expected in early 2022.
Many cities in the Netherlands and Spain have a limit of 30 kilometers per hour.
London introduced the 20 / mph (32km / h) limit in March 2020.
A recent survey in Le Pearson showed this. 61% of Parisians support the speed limit.Considering 71%, it will improve the safety of the extremely vulnerable (children, the elderly).
Reducing speed limits is just one way to try to improve accidents, noise pollution and air quality.
The mayor of Paris is moving ahead with plans to reduce overall traffic in the capital, introducing a “low traffic zone” in the city center by 2022 that will ban vehicles from the four central areas.