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France: Motophobic Mayor Wants To Cut Down All Traffic In Paris

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  France Protests Opinion
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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The extreme motophobic and socialist mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, has often been heard about his views on cars and more importantly, motorcycles. He is the man that has started the rent-a-bicycle operations and now even has a rent-an-electric-car thing going in Paris. He has closed many of the lanes in Paris, dedicated them to bus (motorcycles are not allowed to take bus lanes) and he has placed an extensive tramway in the French capital, taking away more lanes in the process. There's also the eternal struggle to get parking spots, both for cars and motorcycles. There just isn't close enough to what is needed in terms of parking spots, but then it's a ticket bonanza for the city, reaping in fortunes for parking tickets. So you know why he's not creating more parking spaces.

But that's not enough for the Parisian mayor. He has now announced that he's going to go many steps further to eliminate traffic from one of world's most beautiful cities, and shortly one of world's most empty.


Motorcycles that are 10 years old or older will not be allowed into the city. The same applies for cars, but the age limit is much higher, 17 years or older. It's incredible if you think about it. A 10 year old motorcycle is usually in perfect working condition, while a 10 year old car is already in pretty bad shape. The same restriction applies to trucks servicing the city, with an age limit of 18 years.

But that just shows you his phobias and his general knowledge, or more his lack of knowledge.

Pollution by motorcycles is less than cars. Motorcycles spend less time with a running engine than cars and trucks. This has been demonstrated time and time again.


He's planning to place many zones inside the city where the maximum speed will be 30 kph, i.e. a crawl speed. This will be another financial bonanza for the mayor, since cops will be out in big numbers collecting speeding tickets (which explains already the high crime rates in Paris, since cops are there to ticket you, not to fight crime).

Big streets, like the Champs Elysee will become 30 kph zones. According to him, this is to reduce pollution. So a car that is stationary, running his engine produces less CO2 than a car that zips through the same street? I don't think so.


Paris is on the main motorway between North and South Europe. There is no escaping Paris if you're travelling from Northern Europe to Spain or Italy. But the main "man" of Paris wants to forbid trucks from driving on the Parisian ring road. Let them take a 100 kms detour. It's not his problem.


Why have a NIHSNot Invented Here Syndrome.. when it comes to great ideas to get more money out of its overtaxed citizens. Not this mayor.

He's looking at starting a toll to get into the city, just like London. You'll need to pay to go to Paris.

Only he doesn't want to call it a congestion charge/tax. But if you've got to pay to go into Paris, I would call it a congestion charge.

If it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck....


Boulevard Peripherique

The main traffic artery of Paris is its ring road (Boulevard Peripherique). All suburb traffic usually takes this multi-lane ring road. The maximum speed on this ring road is 80 kph. The "mayor" of Paris wants to bring that down to 70 kph.

It's a crazy proposition. During rush hours, traffic on the ring road is down to snail pace, even for motorcycles. Late at night the roads are empty, so speeds shouldn't matter.

These are currently just plans. plans he wants to present to the council on November 12th. But with a socialist government, a socialist Minister of Interior and a socialist mayor of Paris, this could be what will happen in Paris. I wonder how many more companies will leave France because they are headquartered in Paris, and now find their employees can not come to work? So in the end he'll get his wish. No traffic in Paris, but that's because no one can afford to buy car or motorcycles. But then he'll be happy, and retired on his money somewhere nice and warm.

Watch this space. The associations, like the French Angry Biker Association (FFMC Open link in a new window), will be organizing massive protests. Maybe it's time to avoid going to Paris.

Via: Le Monde

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