Urban mobility planning in Brest (France)

By Melanie Mattauch / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The annual CIVITAS Forum conference is kicking off in Brest, France today. We are taking the opportunity to throw a spotlight at the city’s experience with urban mobility planning.
After the Second World War, Brest was rebuilt as a city for cars. Both the tram and trolleybus networks disappeared. In 2002, Brest wanted to redress this situation through an urban mobility plan, which is referred to as plan de deplacements urbains (PDU) in France. The key elements of the plan focused on calming car traffic and narrow fast two-lane roads down to slower one-lane roads. As a result, the number of accidents decreased sharply.

Next to this, the city attempted to boost public transport by improving the structure of the PT network and introducing new bus and tram networks. The introduction of the tram succeeded in significantly increasing the number of PT trips. A third aspect the planning in Brest focused on was the promotion of cycling through a variety of measures.

Brest is now in the next planning phase for the period of 2014-2018, for which the city is taking on a broader integrated planning approach. The planning encompasses various themes such as climate and energy, urbanisation and mobility. Already at this stage, this new integrated approach has benefitted the city by bringing together and aligning the planning of various departments in the city administration. The planning process involves a large public consultation. Public meetings have been attended by approximately 1,700 citizens.

The current urban mobility plan of Brest is available online (in French) at www.brest.fr
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