“A total flop”, “a ghost town”, “the worst day made in the month”. The feedback received by the president of the movement movement Carré Nord Presqu'île are far from positive after the first day of experimentation of the pedestrianization week of the Presqu'ile in Lyon.
Decrease in turnover
According to Carole Château, a first estimate from the merchants of the association she chairs shows a drop in turnover “of the order of -40%” and a decrease in attendance “of order of -30% to -35% “.
“When you buy large volumes, when you travel with your family or when you buy high-end, this clientele does not move without a car and seeks to park in an easy and fluid way”, explained on our antenna the president of Mouvement Carré Nord Presqu'île.
But beyond the bottom of this measure, it is the form that hinders traders with the impression of a forced experimentation. They demand a real consultation.
“A pedestrian city is what we must strive for,” admits Carole Château, who wants to adopt a temporality very different from that of the metropolis. “Let's launch a vast urban project (…) Let's also work on the facades, the roads, the signage”, she insists, to arrive at a “logical pedestrianization after two or three years of consultation”.
The Metropolis wants to continue
“If it were enough to close a few arteries or to put a few hours to pedestrianize and plant, it would be too simple,” says the shopkeeper. And to call the Metropolis to stop for the next weeks pedestrian experiments to “perpetuate” the turnover of traders in December.
The president of the Metropolis for the moment has not shown his desire to lift the foot. During a walk Wednesday in the streets become pedestrian, he welcomed the returns received.
“With 88% favorable opinions of the inhabitants on the weekends, it is essential to continue the experimentation on weekdays to measure its impact with the merchants and their activity! “, He recalled on Twitter.
🚶♂️The pedestrian experience continues, today & tomorrow, from 11h to 20h. With 88% favorable opinions of the inhabitants on the weekends, it is essential to continue the experiment on weekdays to measure its impact with the traders and their activity! pic.twitter.com/tvbpbZalDW
– David Kimelfeld (@DavidKimelfeld) November 20, 2019