Three hundred residents gathered last month to discuss the next local transport plan in Clermont-Ferrand, which will be finalised by 2019.
The planning authorities in the community are keen to make sure that residents of the Clermont-Ferrand community will have more than just a say in the next local transport plan - they are an integral link in its development.
Spread across 28 discussion tables, the citizens brought a breadth of perspectives to the table.
Under the guidance of professional planners, participants were encouraged to share their personal concerns, ideas and criticism related to transport in and around the city.
Many of the participants were thoroughly pleased with the opportunity to take part in the process. Concerns ranged from under-served areas of the city to bicycle safety, pedestrian access, and even the idea of free public transport. One group stressed the need for better coordination between local, regional and national transport operators.
Cyril Cineux, Deputy Mayor for Transport in Clermont-Ferrand, warmly welcomed the participatory approach, telling participants "you are the experts of your daily lives."
The next public meeting will take place on 29 June, building on the results of the previous meeting.
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