Responsible tourism and urban public transport
In cities, public transport is an effective, low-consumption means of getting from place to place. Its development is of paramount importance to the future, and most large cities have understood the urgency: overarching policies are being implemented, favouring the tram and the underground, so that city dwellers are able to minimise their use of private cars.
The example of Lyon is symbolic of the choice made by ten of France’s largest cities, in favour of a modern tram network. They include: Grenoble, Bordeaux, Saint-Etienne, Strasbourg, Nantes, Nice and Montpellier. Park-and-ride schemes complete the initiative, with parking on the outskirts of town and a trolleybus or biodiesel bus link into the centre.
Following Paris’s example, several major cities, including Lyon, Marseilles, Rennes, Lille and Toulouse, have also opted for a metro network – either underground or aerial – in order to guarantee an effective alternative to overcrowded roads.