Paris 2024 Olympic Games: “Perhaps it’s time to get out your bike”, Ile-de-France is preparing for an overload of its transport

Paris 2024 Olympic Games: “Perhaps it’s time to get out your bike”, Ile-de-France is preparing for an overload of its transport

Transports pendant les JO-2024: mobilisation générale pour éviter le chaos. MAXPPP – Bruno Levesque

Des exploits pour les athlètes, des records de distance à pied pour les autres ? Les transports en Ile-de-France seront mis à l’épreuve pendant les Jeux olympiques et leurs organisateurs ont sonné la mobilisation générale pour éviter le chaos.

The authorities are hammering it home: they are ready to welcome the approximately 7 million spectators expected from July 26 to August 11; the Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) plan is finalized, thousands of shuttles are planned, 3,000 additional self-service bicycles have been deployed, nearly 400 km of cycle lanes have been developed.

But the transport of spectators during the Games, the first in history to prohibit car access to the sites, continues to cause concern while users of the daily are already faced with a network that is often saturated and subject to incidents.

To avoid thrombosis, IDFM has voted for reinforcements on most metro and RER lines, with on average 15% more trains than in a normal summer. For the LR president of IDFM Valérie Pécresse, the network is largely adapted: it will involve transporting as many people as on a working day in winter, but with sudden peaks.

We should exceed 500,000 spectators over at least two days, July 28 and August 2.

"Don't be afraid to do a little walking"

In places, the offer has been significantly increased, such as on line 9 where there will be 61% more metros to serve the Parc des Princes and Roland-Garros, an area where we fear saturation.

The RER C, often in difficulty, will see its supply jump by 71% in Paris during the competition, according to IDFM. As for the RER A, its rate must increase by 66%.

Above all, new infrastructures will open, such as the extension of line 14 to Orly airport in the South and Saint-Denis-Pleyel in the North of Paris.

Despite the means deployed, the authorities are calling on those who can to avoid transport during the period. "You shouldn't be afraid to do a little walking, it's good for your health", said Mme&nbsp ;Pécresse. "It’perhaps the time to take out your bike", added Minister Delegate for Transport Patrice Vergriete.< /p>

In May, IDFM must present its "Public Transport Paris 2024" which should make it possible to distribute the flow of spectators. The government has already launched the site, everyone can test and adapt their journey. It is notably illustrated… by a photo of a woman teleworking.

For motorists, this will involve avoiding closed areas and taking into account the bottlenecks of the "Olympic routes" reserved for accredited people.

These routes "will be restrictive", concedes David Juin, responsible for road coordination of the Games for the Direction des roads Ile-de-France (Dirif), nevertheless saying he is "rather confident" because traffic is less at the base in summer.

In 2012 during the London Olympics, the authorities managed to reduce road traffic by 15%.

Prepositioned Agents

"The objective is to provide information to users upstream", via the Dirif traffic application "Sytadin", traffic radio 107.7 FM or on the illuminated signs on the highways, adds Mr. Juin, whose administration will preposition hundreds of ;rsquo;agents to "intervene much more quickly" on any incident.

The manager of Paris airports, ADP, has also put itself in battle order, even if it does not expect & quot;significant increase in traffic" compared to a normal summer, when Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG) sees more than 200 000 passengers per day and Orly 100& ;nbsp;000.

ADP has reserved routes for delegations, including, initially, baggage check-in at the Olympic Village and a dedicated terminal at CDG.

"The infrastructures are ready", including ten new hand baggage inspection lines at CDG and five at Orly, confides Edouard Arkwright, executive general director of ADP.

But two critical periods are looming: CDG and Orly will be closed on the evening of July 26, the start of a weekend of big departures, because flying will be prohibited in a radius of 150 km around Paris during the opening ceremony.

The system will also be powered on in the 48 to 72 hours after the closing ceremony, when a large part of the accredited and spectators will leave.

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