Parisians can now have their say on the mayor's plan to implement a 30km/h speed limit all over the city. An online consultation started yesterday and will remain online for a month, until November 27th.
The speed limit will be in place in all of Paris streets, except some the périphérique highway that encompasses the capital, and already existing 30km/h zones and pedestrian zones.
Around 60 percent of the capital is already subject to to a 30km/h speed limit, according to the City's proposal.
Piétons, cyclistes et/ou automobilistes, exprimez-vous sur la décision prise sans votre accord de baisser la vitesse autorisée à 30 km/h partout à Paris. Quelques lignes d’explications suffisent, c’est anonyme https://t.co/gWDdeWq8il
— Aurélien Véron (@aurelien_veron) October 27, 2020
People on the website are already debating, some of them saying that the measure is “excellent” and “necessary”, while others depict it as “ridiculous”, according to Le Parisien.
A generalised 30 km/h speed limit aims at reduce speed for “road safety and city calming”, Anne Hidalgo’s deputy for transports David Belliard (EELV) told Le Parisien last week.
50 km/h : 1,5 chance de survie pour le piéton en cas de collision avec une voiture.
30 km/h : 9 chances de survie (!).
Baisser la vitesse en ville, c'est éviter des morts sur la route. Paris en zone 30, c'est pour bientôt.
— David Belliard (@David_Belliard) October 26, 2020
The plan would also encourage the use of “active transport solutions” such as bikes, according to a statement on the Mairie de Paris website.
Reducing speed limits is part of Anne Hidalgo's eco-friendly plans for the French capital that were announced after her re-election in June.
Those who wish to participate must include personal information such as postcode, age, whether or not they work in Paris and what means of transport they use.