To separate the cycle path from pedestrians in the future pedestrianized rue de Metz, in Toulouse, and to avoid conflicts, the town hall is considering sidewalks of different colors.
Carried out in the spring, another consultation focused on the pedestrianization of the rue de Metz, from the monument to the dead at the place Esquirol. The restitution of these opinions must be presented soon by the agency of the town planner Joan Busquets who has already proposed sketches of what will be the future artery at the end of a major project of 11 M € planned from 2022 to the end of 2024 The elimination of car traffic, except for residents and deliveries, and buses, frees up a large space for pedestrians, bicycles, greening.
But here, the principle at rue Alsace, a quiet summer: separate the flow of users. Comment? The idea goes and could be based on different colors. “Red porphyry” for bicycles, considers Jean-Luc Moudenc, and two other colors to be determined for the pedestrian and vehicle parts. “We must clearly identify the cycle path,” says the mayor who does not want a physical separation considered too dangerous. “Color helps everyone. I think we’re on the right track. The subject is sensitive: it is a recurring source of conflicts and complaints, even accidents, in particular rue Alsace.
During a recent meeting, the mayor also wanted the cycle path not to come to an abrupt end at the ends of the redeveloped street. “We need an obvious continuity from Place Dupuy to Saint-Cyprien. Another arbitration was made, on the basis of the mixed opinions of the consultation: the trees will be planted on the downtown side “where the sun penetrates the most”, as in the sketch above. The continuation of the project, which met with great approval, will have to respond to the concerns received by bus users, residents who use their cars and traders for deliveries.