Developing mobility in Bordeaux

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Mobility is a structuring element of the attractiveness and development of a city. Bordeaux, as the capital of the New Aquitaine region is no exception. The 49.36 km2 agglomeration places mobility at the heart of the city’s policy. Over the years, the development of mobility is gradually being developed in such a way as to ensure a certain conviviality for the people living in Bordeaux, and a real contribution to sustainable development.

There is no shortage of initiatives in Bordeaux. The aim is to make the city greener and better equipped with transport infrastructure, in order to rank it among the best breathable cities in France and where mobility has a real impact on air quality and the conviviality of the city. Bordeaux has thus embarked on a rich and diversified transport offer, hence its great attractiveness both economically and touristicly. Proof of its promising development, its many distinctions such as the most attractive city in France for employment in 2018 for the fifth consecutive time (Great Place to Work), the sixth least stressful city in the world behind Stuttgart, Luxembourg, Hanover Bern and Munich, according to a Zipjet survey conducted in 2018. As the leading French city in this ranking, Bordeaux is an example of development and stability.


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Sustainable mobility: at the heart of bordeaux’s goals


Today, in the age of sustainable development, cities must be “eco-responsible” and put in place mechanisms to promote an increasingly environmentally conscious circulation. The city of Bordeaux is part of this momentum. In recent years, it has been committed to implementing increasingly sustainable mobility. This strategic option has two objectives: to ensure a healthy and friendly living environment for its population, and to boost the economic and tourist attraction of the city. It is therefore realistic that measures have been taken to:

– Minimize the use of polluting cars to improve air quality while de-cluttering the streets of Bordeaux, in order to ease traffic flow and facilitate parking;

– Strengthen the provision of public transport in order to make all neighbourhoods accessible to all and offer more frequent crossings;

– Set up an express bike network to allow people who do not take public transport or a private vehicle to quickly rent a bike and quickly drop it off at a nearby station;

– Encouraging people to change their behaviour in favour of respect for the environment, recycling and consumption;

– Promote sustainable mobility in the city so as not to generate traffic jams, especially on major roads that are heavily used by users during peak hours.

The “new deal” of mobility in Bordeaux in a nutshell…


Numerous projects in the transport sector (the introduction of the tramway in 2003) have significantly led to a change of direction in Bordeaux in terms of transport. The mobility offer has seen more oriented changes in a gradual decrease in polluting vehicles and their use in general in the city. The offer of public transport (tramway, bus, etc.) is more privileged for its inevitable benefits for the environment and the quality of life. Travel modes such as walking and cycling are also encouraged.

The metropolitan mobility strategy adopted in 2016 following the Grenelle of mobility to lay the foundations for the development of a high-performance network in Bordeaux. The 2020 horizon is set to:

– A significant decrease in the use of cars in travel to 45%.

– Increase to 15% of cycling trips and 25% by walking.

– Make Bordeaux a “breathable city for five years”;

– Significantly reduce traffic lights whose contribution in terms of safety and reduction of speed is no longer proven. And replace them with roundabouts, stops, pedestrian priorities, etc.

These are all measures that are the main objectives of the city’s mobility strategy. These structuring initiatives will make the city passable, attractive and caring.


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Bordeaux’s ranking among the most attractive and dynamic cities in France is no accident. In addition to its strong economic, industrial, tourism and cultural potential, considerable efforts are being made in the field of mobility to offer a transport offer that meets the needs of an ever-growing, dynamic and enterprising population. The progressive development of the city is in any case a more than encouraging boost in the city’s projections in terms of ecological evolution.






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