Launching the French sustainable mobility policy for urban transport

22 August 2013  •  Author(s): Frédéric Cuvillier, Minister for Transport and Maritime Economy, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France

Since the beginning of the 21st century, France has been willingly involved in an energetic transition in which urban transportation is one of the main levers. Regarding the environmental, economic and social issues, urban transportation has to contribute to the development of ‘sustainable mobility’ inside our cities. This is the core of our country’s transportation policy.

The growth of urban population combined with the widespread use of cars has led to increasing congestion of artery roads which in turn has contributed to a rising level of air pollution, noise pollution and transportation collisions.

Consequently, we have to switch from separated public transportation networks to an urban mobility programme. I want this mobility to be sustainable and to embrace every form of travel. Succeeding in switching from the use of an individual car to alternative means of transpor – tation will be our greatest challenge.

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