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Thionville. Mobility in the heart of the city: the paths of citizens

The heart of the city is a hot topic, and not just when it’s 40° in the shade. While some positive aspects should be highlighted (commercial vacancy at 8.7%, down sharply; eight hundred new housing units created since 2016; the existence of year-round events; increasingly visible greening, etc.), it remains a black point: mobility.

To move forward on this theme, the municipality wanted to give the floor to the Thionvillois through citizen workshops. The first took place on Tuesday morning at Puzzle (the second is expected on Friday, September 30, at 6 p.m., at the Belfry). We can regret a weak participation: sixteen people precisely, among whom five who already sit on the council of wise men and three on the ecological transition committee. Strangely, no merchant was present. Let’s move on.

Aguram (Urban planning agency for the Moselle agglomerations) provided the methodology. Elected officials Patricia Renaux and Thierry Ghezzi were present, as was the head of the town planning department and the new manager of the Action Cœur de Ville operation.

The round table allowed the participants to point out the dysfunctions observed on a daily basis.

High expectations on the bike

Obviously, the increasingly dense traffic was the subject of an overwhelming observation. “The problem of Thionville is that it is a city of the car, the pedestrian center is isolated”, notes a participant. Undoubtedly, there are high expectations on the bike, but there again, the remarks fuse: between the discontinuity of the cycle paths, the cohabitation with the vehicles and the absence of clear signage at the entrance to the streets of Paris and Luxembourg , the practice of two-wheelers seems discouraging. “It also lacks a map of the frames where to hang your bike. » « And why not self-service equipment suitable for rainy days? »

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The issue of accessibility for people with reduced mobility stood out. Despite the work undertaken, there is still a long way to go. On safety again, a young woman points out that badly positioned overhead garbage containers hinder visibility. Noted.

On the omnipresence of cars, “how to change mentalities? The key may lie in a more efficient public transport network. “The idea of ​​an autonomous shuttle is being studied,” recalls Patricia Renaux. More surely, the future bus network could improve the situation in 2026. In any case, its arrival will upset the public space. In correlation, multi-storey car parks will see the light of day: the first at the station, the second near the bastion of Luxembourg, a last (further away) in Cormontaigne. We are going forward.

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