30 years of sustainable urban mobility plans (PDU) in France
Thirty years after their creation, PDUs have demonstrated their effectiveness to help influence inhabitants’ mobility: decrease in car use in major urban centres, increased use of public transport and development of active modes. Their success has encouraged many mediumsized towns to engage in voluntary approaches and the PDU is now one of the « sustainable urban mobility plan » models promoted by Europe in its Action Plan on Urban Mobility. However, problems of implementation remain, particularly due to the complexity of integrating the PDU into the hierarchy of planning documents, the multiplicity of stakeholders involved in governance and the need for cooperation between transport authorities beyond the scope of application of the PDU. Therefore, the PDU today faces many challenges, which it must take up if it is to strengthen its contribution to the integration of urban and transport policies.
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