Towards sustainable mobility
For many years, the Municipality of Lausanne has wanted to limit the predominance of automobiles in the area within the city, while supporting access to businesses.
By decreasing the time limit for public parking, the Municipality encourages commuters to opt for park and ride services (P+R), located at the entrances to the city.
This policy requires that available public transportation is strengthened, in tandem with the introduction of the m2 metro in 2008.
The individual driver is therefore encouraged to use other ways of getting around: the train, the metro, the bus, a bicycle (including electric bicycles), carpooling, car sharing, and even, quite simply, walking!
Mobility and sustainable development
Our daily actions are still too dependent upon a particular way of getting around: motorized personal transport, which contributes to the depletion of fossil fuels and adds to climatic problems.
A better alternative is to choose a form of sustainable mobility, one that uses human energy – walking, cycling, etc. – and the public transport network, to save natural resources, decrease air pollution, and also to preserve our health!
Lausanne opts for diversity: the metro, buses, cycling, walking, etc.
Park and ride
Around the edges of the city, park and ride services (P+R) offer an efficient and economical way to break free from the car, to quickly enter the city with public transportation, and also to easily get around on foot …
Getting around on foot
The City of Lausanne hopes to become a favourite place among pedestrians. To show that walking is the most efficient method of getting around, the City has published the brochure "Lacet" which lists the time it takes for many city routes, for someone walking at an average pace.
You will discover that you are actually faster than a car ….and you cause less pollution!
Children also are encouraged to go to school on foot under the protection of the Pédibus. Every day, this ecological means of transportation safely brings several hundred children to schools in Lausanne, thanks to volunteer parents and teachers.
Long live the bicycle!
Authorities are encouraging bicycle use by developing bike routes from East to West and by making it easier to combine them with public transportation on Lausanne’s sloping streets.
Support for "green" vehicles
The City supports the purchase of vehicles running on natural gas and of electric bikes, two economical and ecological methods of transportation!
A better quality of life in every neighbourhood
Quality of life is preserved within residential neighbourhoods when there is a balance between pedestrians, bicycles, motorized transportation, and alternative transportation.
Mutual respect between those travelling on the roads and benefits for the residents: this is the philosophy behind the 30 km/h zones and the system of semi-reserved parking areas
The City's plans for mobility
With its Business Mobility Plan (BMP), the City hopes to set an example to lead the way for businesses located within the community land. Various measures (public transportation, car sharing, carpooling, parking in the private community area, etc.) encourage a more sustainable and "soft" mobility from those in its administration.
By targeted initiatives, a business mobility plan will improve the quality of life for all of the city’s users, by decreased traffic during rush hour, fewer disturbances, better sharing of public space, and financial benefits for everyone!
In 2008, the new m2 metro line will become the backbone for mobility in the Lausanne region. At the same time, the availability of public transportation in the Lausanne region (TL) will be strengthened and improved (08 Network).
Taking place during the week before "In town without my car" day – the 22nd September every year – this initiative aims to raise public awareness of the need to combat the ill effects of motorized traffic in urban areas.
It consists of events to help promote awareness of quality of life issues in an urban setting.
Bureau de la communication
Secrétariat général de la Direction Culture et développement urbain
Escaliers du Marché
Case postale 6904
Phone +41 21 315 25 50
Fax +41 21 315 20 04
Service des routes et de la mobilité
Rue du Port-Franc
Case postale 5354
Phone +41 21 315 54 15
Fax +41 21 315 50 02