when the car disappears in the center of Grenoble

➤ Place Grenette: the revolution

On April 1, 1954, we drive, we park on Place Grenette, without raising any questions. In 2013, after various phases of pedestrianization, also associated with the arrival of rue Félix-Poulat tram, only rue de la République, which leads to rue Montorge, is open to traffic. But since Cœurs de ville coeur de Métropole is operating in 2018, it is completely pedestrianized.

From 1954 to 2018, Place Grenette gradually got rid of cars. Photo archives DL and JB.V.

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➤ Agutte-Sembat: metamorphosis

The trap is of course spectacular. Boulevard Agutte-Sembat is an important traffic axis in the city center, where an average of 14,600 vehicles pass each day. This harmed the commercial speed of public transport, not to mention the consequences for residents, pedestrians and cyclists. Despite an outcry from residents, elected officials or traders opposing its “closure”, the boulevard, which has become a “limited traffic zone” (ZTL), has been off-limits to cars (with few exceptions) since the new metropolitan traffic plan (2017/2018). It is rare, if not accidental, that they violate this ban and drive on this axis. If residents benefited, on the other hand, the traffic delays hurt others, especially on Boulevard Gambetta.

Twenty years separate these two pictures. Photo Le DL/Jean Benoit VIGNY

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➤ Rue Lesdiguières: the counterexample

The Lycée Champollion has certainly been renovated, the carriageway has now gone in both directions in 2017, but in twenty years rue Lesdiguières has not fundamentally changed. Apart from that, traffic has suffered under the new traffic plan for this often congested intersection, of which certain intersections are particularly problematic (e.g. the one with rue Condorcet, which is still a mystery to urban development and a source of delays for bus line 12). In the absence of official figures, it is impossible to give an upward or downward trend since 2018. Only a 9% increase was modeled before 2018.

Since 2017, the street has been bi-directional with an additional cycle path. Photo Le DL/Jean Benoit VIGNY

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➤ Calming of the quay on the right bank

Until the end of the 2000s, the quays of Isère were already the realm of the pizzerias, but also that of the car, whose reign ended in 2012. In fact, during the last term of office of Michel Destot, the vehicles of the square have been greatly reduced, and that of soft conditions (pedestrians, cyclists) revised upward, encouraging (finally) to stroll with wider sidewalks and no longer turn your back on Isère. A reconciliation that is especially confirmed by the “step towards the water”, a project resulting from the participation budget, which made it possible to install urban space furniture on the banks of the river. All this combined with the renovation of the facades, which have significantly adorned the Saint-Laurent neighborhood.

Since this picture of 2007, the quays have been greatly transformed. Photo Le DL/Jean Benoit VIGNY

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➤ Jean-Jaurès course: transformation

In 1967, Grenoble was in full Olympic expansion. A flyover was then built between the boulevards Maréchal Foch and Joseph Vallier, over the Cours Jean Jaurès. By the early 2000s, it was estimated to be driven by 60,000 vehicles. On 17 July 2004, the flyover was destroyed by blasting to prepare the ground for Tram C (opened in May 2006). Tram E follows (June 2014). According to 2018 figures from the City Planning Agency, an average of 24,000 vehicles use Boulevard Foch every day.

A year before the flyover was destroyed and… 19 years later. Photo Le DL/Jean Benoit VIGNY

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