About ten environmental collectives from Toulouse are organizing a cycling event in the city, called “vélorution”, on Saturday 25 September. They denounce the delays in local policies on soft mobility.
They are responding to the national call launched by Alternatiba, ANV COP 21 and Réseau Action Climat France to “take back our territories”. This Saturday, September 25, ten environmental collectives, including Greenpeace Toulouse, ANV COP 21 Toulouse, Alternatiba Toulouse, France Nature Environnement Midi-Pyrénées, Youth for Climate, Extinction Rebellion Toulouse, Deux Pieds Deux Roues and Ax Vert La Ramée, organizer of a cycling event. Their objective is to point the finger at the delay in local policies in terms of soft mobility. The start of the “Toulouse vélorution” will be given at 2 pm to François Verdier and will end in the Pradettes district.
Deployment of the bike
“The measures put in place by Toulouse Métropole in terms of cycling infrastructure are too weak and unequal between the different districts of the city”, declare the collectives. Faced with the climate emergency, they are calling for the rapid deployment of alternative solutions to the use of the car.
The first, “little responsible and quick to set up” according to them, would be the creation of a larger cycling network. It includes: the immediate establishment of the Express Cycling Network (planned before the end of 2026), the reservation of the Pont Neuf for walkers, bicycles and public transport, the installation of two-way cycle routes and access to the hypercentre reserved for pedestrians. As for the rest of the public road, the organizations demand a more equitable sharing between motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Update of the “Urban Travel Plan”
After requesting its cancellation, the organizations today requiring an update of the Urban Travel Plan (PDU). In force since 2012, it is considered “obsolete for the environment and travel”. The inter-association committee wants the new proposals to take into account the needs of the inhabitants and put forward: “the train, the bus, the tram, the pedestrian and cycle network”. It also proposes to build dedicated bus lanes on ring roads and highways. Finally, the groups want “respect for environmental standards” to be placed at the heart of this PDU.