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Mobility strategy

At the moment, La Part-Dieu operates like a saturated nerve centre. The mobility strategy aims to prioritise transport methods and offer more effective corridors to offer seamless travel to everyone. The aim of this prioritisation is to rethink inter-modality and take sustainable mobility into account.

A 4-point strategy to:

  • Promote sustainable mobility by creating more enjoyable public spaces
  • Increase public transport to serve the whole district
  • Redesign the car traffic plan and prioritise roads better
  • Improve deliveries and parking by positioning car parks in keeping with the new road plan


A seamless flow will make pedestrian movements much easier.
La Part-Dieu district is currently dotted with obstacles, low walls and steps that restrict pedestrian movements. This is the legacy of concrete slab-based urban planning which fragments the public space on several levels. This discontinuity is a source of confusion and inconvenience. The project will introduce a “seamless flow” to solve this problem. The principle is to design a public space based on traffic flow and uses, so that they interact on the ground level, with buildings, upper levels, and on paved spaces and terraces. New simpler paths will be proposed favouring east to west routes through the district (Avenue Pompidou, Galerie Servient (shopping centre), and Rue Bouchut).


The number of bikes in La Part-Dieu will be increased by introducing more bike parking. Sustainable mobility will also be given greater consideration in the layout of public spaces. 2,000 spaces will be provided in a secure sheltered area in the multimodal interchange. 1,500 spaces will be provided in a bike parking station beneath Place Béraudier (square), and 500 spaces on the Villette side. New arc-shaped bike racks will be introduced throughout the public spaces. The shopping centre project also includes an increase in the number of bike spaces (250 spaces against 30 today). To improve travel from east to west of the railway station, the cycling lanes will be made wider on Rue Bouchut, Avenue Pompidou and Boulevard Vivier Merle, as well as Rue Flandin. These will aim to improve the way public space is shared between cars, pedestrians and bikes. The alterations to the layout of Rue Garibaldi and Cours Lafayette will also contribute to making it easier to get to La Part-Dieu by bike.

Public transport

Access to the district will be improved, whatever the mode of transport. Sytral intends to automate the B Metro line and increase its frequency. The tramline capacity will be increased according to needs, as will the bus lines, which will offer a better service to the whole district.

Car traffic

The aim is to decrease the number of cars and increase the proportion of other modes of transport, while maintaining a functional and practical car traffic plan, by reorganising parking and balancing out east and west traffic. Although there will still be room for cars in the district, the “new” Part-Dieu will offer many alternative services to the individual car, grouped together in an eco-mobility space close to hand with a car, bike and electric scooter sharing service.

Deliveries and parking

To avoid obstacles in the public space due to inadequate delivery spaces and poorly positioned parking spaces, the project aims to reposition parking spaces in line with the changes to car routes. This will be the case, for instance, on Rue Bouchut.

Glossary of terms

Inter-modality: this corresponds to the use of several modes of transport for one journey (bike + TER, walking + Metro, etc.) We improve inter-modality by modifying the way in which different modes of transport connect, so that end-to-end travel is seamless, making the change from cycling to walking and then to taking a train quick and simple.

Multimodal interchange (or hub): this is a place where all modes of transport connect (walking, train, two-wheeled vehicles, taxis, etc.) enabling inter-modality. Often organised around the railway station, it creates an interface between the city and its transport network, thanks to its urban integration.

Sustainable mobility: this satisfies the need to access activity areas in complete safety, in a way that is compatible with public health, ecosystems, and renewable resources. Example: bikes, public transport, carpooling, walking, etc.

Key figures

  •  500,000 daily walks on foot
  • 165,000 public transport users per day
  • 125,000 people passing through the railway station every day
  • 29 million travellers per year
  • 150 TGVs (high-speed trains) per day
  • More than 120 European destinations from Lyon’s Saint-Exupéry airport, which, since 2010, can be reached by the Rhônexpress in 30 minutes.
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