Saumurois. CFDT tracks to get out of “all-car”

Mobility remains a major issue for Saumur’s residents. Especially when you know that almost a third of employees (28%) live more than 30 kilometers from their workplace. Saumurois is the sector where unemployment is highest in Maine-et-Loire and where mobility issues arise most seriously. We should investigatePresents Corinne Grégoire, member of the CFDT 49 Steering Committee.

This Wednesday, May 25, the union presented the results of its investigation, which was launched just before the pandemic. A total of 239 workers responded. Among them are managers, workers, women and men from all socio-professional backgrounds. It is an interesting and quite representative selection of Saumurois, Assures Corinne Grégoire. Here are the results and suggestions from the CFDT.

The great dependence on the car

The daily organization of the inhabitants of Agglo is controlled around the car. For 81% of the respondents, it is still the number one means of transport. The observation is to be felt in the parking lots of the largest companies in Saumur, such as Marie Surgelés in Chacé, for example. Another figure that illustrates this trend: Seven out of ten school children have to manage their own transport.

Two thirds of the respondents live in rural or isolated areas, but 60% work in cities and state that their workplace is served by public transport. This dependence on the car has an economic and ecological cost. Most workers have a vehicle over ten years old and have significant expenses, up to € 5,000 a year according to AggloSpecifies Mélanie Godeau, who handles CFDT projects in Maine-et-Loire.

Marie Surgelé’s car park in Chacé. | CO

Public transport poorly adapted to needs

According to the answers to the questionnaire, public transport is not designed for workersclaim the militants in the CFDT. A member of the union, Yasmina Metjoudj living in Saumur, gives a concrete example: a bus serves the commercial area of ​​Distré, but the timetables are specially tailored to the store’s customers and not to the employees who often start earlier.

This discrepancy between transport and working time schedules is found among respondents (46%), some of whom believe that journeys are too long (21%) and lack stops close to home (17%). Remarkable fact: only two out of ten workers do not use the buses for personal reasons. An interesting way to explore, while Agglo has just conducted a citizen consultation to gather users’ opinions.

The alternatives are therefore still possible for a majority of motorists. Respondents say they are in favor of carpooling (34%) and are sensitive to the issue of the environment of 91% and the impact of transportSays Corinne Grégoire.

Bus lines and timetables are considered incompatible with the needs of employees. | CO ARCHIVE

CFDT proposal

CFDT wants to be proactive about mobility. On the one hand, on Agglo’s side, competent authority in the matter. But also on the business side. These questions must be asked in place by the employerInsists Corinne Grégoire. There are employees who want to take the plunge but do not dareAdds Jérôme Lormier, union representative at Marie Surgelés in Chacé.

Acting on a par with the area’s activity zones would be the first way. With, why not, experiments involving communities, companies and employee representatives. Many companies touch each other and have the same hoursNotes Jérôme Lormier.

Carpooling areas adapted for public transport, alternatives are available. It is up to the companies to get in touch to map carpool zones, assess needs and inform employees. Ideally, there should be a facilitator in the area to organize transportation in the areaSuggests Corinne Grégoire.

The development of electrical terminals in companies, public transport that is better adapted to the needs of employees and the revival of the transport bonus are also put back on the table by the CFDT.

Saumurois. CFDT tracks to get out of “all-car”

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