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Urban Regeneration in Four European Countries

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By Quentin & Rémi Girardon (Sainte-Marie Lyon), October 2013

1. Why a coherent transport policy is so important

Because of its nearness to Lyon, the north of the Isère department has needed to develop its transport network to allow its population to commute into the big city and also throughout the rest of department very easily.

2. Travelling by bus

In the Isère an inhabitant can use a lot of different means of transport, including by bus. In the north of the Isère there are a lot of companies which serve many villages and conurbations. These include Berthelet, Ruban, and Capi. Tickets are not particularly expensive (less than 10 euros each). Services are adapted to disabled people too. Payment is made easier thanks to an electronic card called “Ourà”, the same as used on trains.

3. Travelling by bicycle

It is very easy for cyclists to travel around the north of the Isère. Indeed, the department has created cycle paths along many roads. One of the most famous is called the “Via Rhona”, which is about 8 miles long. As in Lyon, there are also a number of cycle-stations, which allow people to rent cycles for a small charge.

4. Travelling by car

Apart from the various roads linking the villages in the countryside with the towns of the Isère, inhabitants can travel more quickly thanks to the A43 and A48 motorways. These highways bisect the department from Lyon to Grenoble and form the main thoroughfare in the Isère, allowing the main towns in the north of the department to interconnect and develop together. These motorways are managed by the company “AREA”.

5. Travelling by train

The Isère also has an extensive rail network. Indeed, the railway line through the north of the Dauphiné serves most of the main towns in the area: Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, La Verpillière, l’Isle d’Abeau, Bourgoin-Jallieu, Cessieu and La-Tour-du-Pin. The service is managed by the company “TER Rhône-Alpes”. Every day, for instance, the railway station of La Verpillière sees between 1 500 and 2 000 commuters who work in Lyon.

6. Travelling by hired car

A car rental scheme called “LISA” is an experiment by the Isère Council. Created in 2012, “LISA” is a car network for the inhabitants of Isère who can choose between lots of cars for simple, short journeys around the department. However it is only in the experimentation phase.

7. Conclusion

To sum up: to move or go through the north of Isère, inhabitants can use a lot of means of transport, like buses, cars on highways, trains and bicycles. But, not all forms of transport—like subways and tram—are to be found. Together the various forms of transport can be said to be part of a coherent transport policy.

8. Bibliography

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