As part of the revision process of the Carouge’s master plan, mobilidée was offered a mandate to evaluate its cycling network.
Our evaluation process was constructed with a simple question: would we let children cycle on the current infrastructures? This offered us the possibility to perceive differently the network and it guided us in our analysis. By planning a cycling network for the most vulnerable users, it is possible to make that mode of transport attractive for a large minority of individuals, which can represent up to 30% of the population.
Our report consisted of four distinct sections. The first was an introduction to the main types of cycling infrastructures currently in use in the five zones studied. This led us to more clearly identify areas where there were problems of coherence and continuity. For instance, multiple types of infrastructure on one stretch of a road (cycling path, bus lane where cyclists can legally ride, as well as sidewalks) represented a clear problem of coherence.
The second section aimed at identifying and listing the different types of problems. This brought us to statistically represent the importance of each category of issues. Short videos of each issue were of great help to the City’s urbanists, as declared by Julien Woessner, the urbanist in charge of coordinating this study.
The report’s next part focused on two specific areas in the network: the Rondeau de Carouge and the Boulevard des Promenades. As an important movement axis for cyclists and nod in the general transportation network of the city, it was necessary to provide additional insights into what issues were and solutions that could be implemented. For instance, parking lots on the Boulevard des Promenades could be inverted with the unprotected cycling path, which would drastically improve the current cycling conditions.
Lastly, we offered complementary details about how cyclists moved and behaved at the Rondeau. Valuable data was collected, which nourished our recommendations, but also provided data-backed arguments for the urbanists against critics of cycling infrastructures.
Overall, this study was rich in insights for mobilidée and we especially appreciated working with the City’s two urbanists. Multiple improvements still need to be studied, but the current situation seems to be especially suitable for such a process. We are looking forward to the next challenges!