A WALKABLE CITY

LA CONFLUENCE: A WALKABLE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Designing the city for pedestrians. This approach has led Lyon Confluence to implement planning principles that encourage walking. The objective is to allow pleasant, uninterrupted and safe journeys that are conducive to quality of life in the city.

THE CHOICE OF A PEACEFUL CITY

The Lyon Confluence project is a unique opportunity to give the city back to its pedestrians. This is demonstrated in the easy connections in the neighbourhood and high-quality public spaces designed in continuity and in consideration of their use. The pedestrian city experience is also enriched by the presence of nature, enhancing visual quality and providing cooler temperatures in summer. Fluidity is a priority for both day and night, with lighting adapted for pedestrians and a uniform atmosphere for pathways.

La Confluence, the Walkable City

Space for cars is limited to make room for green spaces, wide sidewalks and bicycle paths. In La Confluence, we have opted for shared car parks. Residents park their cars at night and free up their space during the day for employees or visitors. One parking space is therefore used by many and frees up the ground to plant large trees to keep the city cool.

STREETS, WALKWAYS, SMALL SQUARES: A VARIETY OF ATMOSPHERES

Encouraging people to walk also means offering active ground floors, planted areas and surprises along the way. For example by going from a sidewalk to a square via a walkway with trees and vegetation near a converted building of the former wholesale market. Another important principle is that public spaces contribute to the liveliness and conviviality of the neighbourhood: restaurant terraces, event spaces, playgrounds, sports facilities, benches, vegetation, etc.

TRANSPORT, SHOPS, SERVICES: ALL 5 MINUTES AWAY 

Cours Charlemagne gives structure to the neighbourhood from north to south, integrating many modes of transport. The tram serves La Confluence, linking it to the other neighbourhoods of Lyon and maintaining a constant flow of people for shops. From Cours Charlemagne, it takes about 5 minutes to reach the Rhône or the Saône on foot. Short distances make for a walkable and accessible city.

RETHINKING BOUNDARIES  

To encourage a diverse range of routes, Lyon Confluence has innovated, offering public walkways between private blocks. This will be the case in Le Champ, an expansive wooded, inhabited area. Here, pedestrians can enjoy green spaces in a calm atmosphere, away from traffic. The passages connect to the different places, amenities and businesses in the neighbourhood.