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Pedestrian Plan

For ten years, Strasbourg has pursued a proactive policy to develop walking.

Strasbourg City Council
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The aim of the 2021-2030 Pedestrian Plan is to ensure that all residents can access their daily needs (jobs, housing, health care, shops, leisure activities, etc.) on foot or by bicycle, anywhere and at any time, independently and safely, and by travelling only short distances.

It is also a question of creating a quality public space, peaceful and green, favouring encounters and citizenship, better shared for the benefit of pedestrians and where space for cars is limited.

Finally, residents must be fully involved in the design and evaluation of all the actions of the pedestrian plan.


Walking is an environmentally-friendly, healthy, and accessible practice for many people. It also contributes to maintaining social life and the cultural and commercial vitality of our city centres and neighbourhoods.

The Pedestrian Plan adopted in 2012 has already made Strasbourg the second most pedestrianised city in France: 40% of residents’ journeys are made exclusively on foot, and large areas have been gained for pedestrians (pedestrianisation, meeting zones, pedestrian magistrates, etc.).

Nevertheless, the Barometer of Walkable Cities 2021 indicates that there is room for improvement. While more than 75% of public spaces are dedicated to private cars, trips made by car represent only 35% of all trips. Thirty per cent of one- to three-kilometre trips are made by car. And only 27% of potentially “calming” roads are currently calmed. For these reasons, the municipality sought to adopt a new general strategy for walking: “A city on foot, more pleasant and accessible: Pedestrian Plan 2021-2030”, adopted on 3 May 2021 by the Strasbourg City Council.


The 2021-2030 Pedestrian Plan comprises 11 points which are broken down into actions to be carried out in each of the city’s districts.

  • Rethinking walking and access to the city for everyone.
  • Ensuring continuity for pedestrians.
  • Reducing road traffic to encourage all uses of the street.
  • Encouraging walking to school and developing school streets.
  • Facilitating crossings of major roads.
  • Improving pedestrian access to the area.
  • Making walking more pleasant with more comfortable public spaces.
  • Taking better account of pedestrians in new developments.
  • Reducing conflicts of use of public space.
  • Innovating, testing, and evaluating the project.
  • Communicating positively to create community events, encourage
    citizen participation in connection with Strasbourg as European capital.


The Pedestrian Plan 2021-2030 aims to allow all Strasbourg inhabitants to access their daily needs —work, housing, care, groceries, and leisure— on foot or by bike, anywhere and at any time, safely and independently, and by only travelling short distances.

It seeks to increase the quality of public spaces, making them more relaxed and natural; foster meetings between citizens, and ensure pedestrians can benefit from their share of space, all while decreasing the number of spaces that are dedicated to cars. In this way, inhabitants should be fully involved in conceiving and evaluating every action of the Pedestrian Plan.


  • Implementation of 10 School Streets per year (road outside a school with a temporary or permanent restriction on motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times).
  • Walks to gather women’s opinions on the walkability of public spaces.
  • Creation of a second long pedestrian road to encourage people to walk (a kind of highway for pedestrians).
  • Development of a large cycle ring road in the historic city centre to reduce conflicts of use between pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Securing of all pedestrian crossings by eliminating car parking upstream. Creation of a “car-free day”.
  • Traffic lights adjusted and equipped to encourage pedestrians and cyclists to cross (lengthening and increasing the frequency of “green pedestrians”, installing vehicle/pedestrian/cyclist detectors and pedestrian counters).
  • High-traffic sidewalks decluttered of unnecessary or redundant street furniture (lighting poles, bike racks, cycle lanes, etc.).
  • Inclusion in the Public Space Charter of 2.5-metre-wide sidewalks.
  • Bus stops equipped with a map of walking times to places of attraction.



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