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New mobility concept for the Tertre Campus site in Nantes (France)

Result description New layouts of Tertre Campus site have modified the use of the space, with less cars and more pedestrians, but P.T. use has decreased on tramline 2. The students’ population structure is one of the possible causes of this. It’s remarkable to note that “Chronobus” route 25 has increase its patronage by 23% on bus stops on the campus site. The new waterbus has also been a success even though its time table is not so attractive. Numbers of pedestrians and cyclists are growing in the campus area. Student association initiatives for the promotion of cycling and carpooling have had quite a good response from students and need to be encouraged. Many quantifiable targets are fixed to 2012, so it’s difficult today to say if they are achievable. Who are the end-users of this result? The remodelling of the university campus site, according to the travel policy: Students, teachers and employees of the Nantes University in the site of the Tertre. New shuttle boat serivice: Erdre campus students and workers are the main targets for this service, but also all people travelling between the main railway station and the city centre or the edges of the Erdre River. Incentives car-pooling – launch of Students who come by car to the Tertre campus site and other University sites. Vélocampus actions: Nantes Students New student services centre with travel services: Nantes Students and student associations Main innovative features/benefits (technical/commercial success factors)- New parking standards for new buildings- New shuttle boat service- Use of new Internet technologies for promoting carpooling- First bike renting service on the University campus Potential barriers The main task in the campus area is to coordinate all the projects together, promoting alternatives to the car whilst reducing the offer of car parking spaces (but not too quickly). These are the main barriers: Parking policy The number of parking spaces must be reduced progressively but the construction of new university buildings will remove too many spaces. Therefore, UCN will need to create a temporary 300 space car park in 2006. With the decrease of the car's usage rate, the temporary car park will be removed progressively between 2007 and 2012. To build the temporary car park, UCN need to buy land owned by a religious congregation which is near the campus site. UCN also needs a right of way in another congregation property to create the pedestrian and bicycle links between the Tertre site and the sciences campus site. UCN is negotiating with this congregation. To avoid parking problems in the neighbourhood streets of the campus due to car access restriction in the Tertre site, the idea could be to introduce a new regulation in the area. This regulation would aim to protect residents. Vélocampus Since its creation, Vélocampus has been given financial assistance by the French State to pay the two employees’ salaries. The State aims to reduce its subsidies over the years. UCN has to balance this reduction and Vélocampus must find other ways to earn money. The Vélocampus services are very successful.

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Nantes Métropole Urban council
2 cours du champs de mars
44923 Nantes
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