At the end of the day, this Monday, September 27 in Toulouse, many people get out of work, get on their bikes and get on a train to return home. This is the case for Philippe, who lives in Rabastens (Tarn).
“Every day I go to work by bike and train. Overall it is going well, except some places where there are no bike lanes or others where they are mixed with cars, it is the galley. And then, in the train, when it is armored, there is no place for the bikes “, he recounts.
The metropolis of Toulouse has more than 600 kilometers of cycle routes, be it tracks, strips or bus lanes open to bicycles. However, some associations organized a “Vélorution” in the streets of Toulouse this Saturday, to denounced in particular the lack of infrastructure dedicated to soft mobility.
Moreover, on the 2019 cycle city barometer, Toulouse obtained an average of 2.88, considered “rather better”. On the other hand, Portet-sur-Garonne was rated “rather favorable” with an average of 3.72.
Measures for the bicycle and against the car
The mayor of Portet-sur-Garonne, Thierry Suaud, notes that more and more people cycling to work, via the greenway, or drop off their bikes at the station and end the journey by train.
However, he believes that a global awareness, and actions are needed to promote cycling.
“We have a strategy that allows us to create new cycle paths over the years, several routes are taking shape. But we need to have a global reflection, for example so that cyclists who leave their bikes at the station, We choose mobility smooth when they arrive by train, for absolute intermodality “, he explains.
Thierry Suaud gets around by bike himself, which allows him to noted some limitations.
“It seems to me that we must support the development of cycle paths, a form of” bicycle service “, for example for repair, rental and accessibility to the train. The bicycle must take up even more space. I think we need, at the same time, measures for the bicycle, and measures to prevent the car “, considers the city councilor.
Make non-practitioners want
Unless you are great sportsmen, it’s hard to imagine those who live more than 30 or 40 kilometers from Toulouse come every day by bike. And you still have to want to do it.
“Cycling is too restrictive depending on the weather”. “Not practical with children”. “I live too far away, it’s too complicated”. “There are not enough cycle paths at home and on the train, it is not easy to get off and back up with a bike“Several reasons are mentioned when addressing those who never cycle, in Portet-sur-Garonne.
The response of the mayor of the town? “We do more and more to try to make people want. And then, with the electric bike, everything is simpler, we do not sweat at work for example”, he smiles.
The soft mobility issue will be carried out in particular during National public transport meetings until Thursday September 30 in Toulouse.