An innovative and modular cross-section to encourage alternatives to single-occupancy car use: what is the situation in France?

The article presents the technical advances in France in the innovative field of creating reserved lanes for selected motorway users. The concept of reserved lane are everywhere in the world for many years. Foreign, mainly European, concepts were adapted to the context of French urban expressways. However, it is tricky to transpose a few results into general points with no actual implementation in France. The aim of the work initiated by the CEREMA was to identify innovative solutions tailored to each configuration (both in terms of performance and safety) which are financially sustainable in the short, medium and long term. The article concerns completed and in-progress government department actions to develop reserved lanes on urban motorways in France. It describes the French method of using an iterative process of drawing up the doctrine based on the study of foreign projects, support for emerging projects in France and help with research. The article also details projects in progress in Strasbourg, Marseille, Montpellier and The Reunion, their context with regard to the mobility challenges in each place, the design choices and the initial lessons learnt from the implementation of reserved lanes. Operational project monitoring by the French Ministry of Transport's Scientific and Technical Network enriches and strengthens their assessments in this area.


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  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01530673
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 23 2014 12:53PM