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Road safety: the National Council wants to reserve sidewalks for pedestrians

Created in 2001, put on hold in 2008 then reinstalled in 2012, this body for consultation and proposals made up of 67 members (elected officials, representatives of the State, associations, doctors, companies, etc.

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Road safety: the National Council wants to reserve sidewalks for pedestrians

Created in 2001, put on hold in 2008 then reinstalled in 2012, this body for consultation and proposals made up of 67 members (elected officials, representatives of the State, associations, doctors, companies, etc.) is considered to be the "parliament". road safety.

Meeting Monday in plenary session, the CSNR must make nine recommendations to the government, of which No. 7 provides for "legally defining the sidewalk as being part of the public road reserved for traffic and pedestrian use".

The body also wants to "clarify that the sidewalk is physically separated from the roadway in order to be identifiable and detectable by all users".

“We have been asking for a definition of the sidewalk for a long time,” Geneviève Laferrère, representative of the French Federation of Bicycle Users (FUB) at the CNSR, who defends this recommendation, told AFP.

"Because today the sidewalk is what remains when we have taken space for the car, for parking, for cyclists, when we have taken space for everything", a- she added, believing that "very little is left for pedestrians" and that the sidewalks "are no longer a friendly place".

According to her, "scooters have aggravated the problem (...) in particular those in self-service parked on the sidewalk when they are waiting for a new user".

This recommendation comes as the city of Paris, where 15,000 self-service scooters are available, questions their "cost/benefit ratio" and their "environmental cost", in the words last week of David Belliard, the mobility and roads assistant.

The 15,000 Parisian scooters will thus be equipped with a license plate on the rear mudguard, as in Grenoble or in Germany, in order to help the police to better verbalize the offenses.

The CSNR has been chaired since 2017 by Yves Goasdoué, Mayor of Flers (Orne). The interministerial delegate for road safety, Florence Guillaume, will be present on Monday at the plenary session of the Council and must comment on the recommendations adopted.

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