Rue Saint-Michel has become a “children’s street”. (Photo: Loris Lacroix)
As part of the nature plan deployed by the City of Lyon, Grégory Doucet, Mayor of Lyon, presented three road revegetation projects in the 7th arrondissement on Tuesday 17 May. With the objective of planting 1600 trees per year throughout the city.
A few days after deploying its “nature plan“, Grégory Doucet, Mayor of Lyon, presented three local operations in the 7th arrondissement. Objective: to requalify public spaces and place plants at the heart of the city. In connection with the Metropolis, the City has therefore initiated a vast program revegetation of roads in order to convert bitumen surfaces into green surfaces in certain targeted places. The mayor of Lyon reaffirmed his wish to “concretely show the implementation of the “nature plan” which aims to anchor nature in the city. In total, 53 projects are scheduled for 2022 compared to 35 in 2021″.
Projects to “renature” the bitumen
Thus, certain projects are beginning to flourish in the districts of Lyon. Starting with the 7th where three operations were carried out in the area between Grande Rue de la Guillotière and rue de l’Université. The City of Lyon as well”renatured” 650 m2 of bitumen by tackling Bulard and Khalaf squares. For the first, 7 parking spaces have been removed in favor of several plant species adapted to climate change. For the second, 270 plants were installed on the 350 m2 planted in addition to 6 new trees. “On the ground we see this vegetation which has spread widely, which illustrates our desire to expand biodiversity. Here we want to bring more freshness, readapt the city by greening it, it is also better health that we offer to the people of Lyon“, explained Grégory Doucet.
Rue Saint-Michel has become a “children’s street For its part. Located near the Gilbert Dru school, it now takes the form of a pedestrian walkway with planting containers accessible to students, fun facilities and trees integrated into a more sustainable soil. In total, 6 streets in Lyon have been redeveloped by the City and the Metropolis so that the youngest can enjoy them.
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The choice first fell on the 7th arrondissement because of its location in the hypercentre. “There are many other priorities in this sectorbelieves Fanny Dubot, mayor of the 7th arrondissement. This involves managing projects based on traffic, waste and urban users. The second issue is also to consider the Nature as soon as possible by removing the bitumen and revegetating. Finally, the third challenge is to work with local residents. We offer them several plans and they give us feedback to get projects like these.” she continued.
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Revegetate deficient sectors in 2022
These proximity and revegetation operations therefore come to lay the first stone of the “nature plan” deployed by the City. The solution chosen by the ecologists could, in the long term, effectively fight against urban heat islands, cool the city, reduce pollution and promote biodiversity. “These construction sites want to be sober with in particular the reuse of existing borders” recalled the mayor of Lyon. And to add “that it is not a question of pedestrianizing everything, but simply of appeasing“. In this sense, the City has called for a budget of 141 million euros paid to nature and intends to direct its efforts towards sectors where revegetation is lacking. In addition, 80% of the revegetation operations planned for 2022 will affect these deficient arrondissements such as the 8th arrondissement, the 9th but also the 3rd.
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“Plant wherever possible”, the ambitious “Nature Plan” of the City of Lyon.