Tintigny: 30 km/h everywhere in the city? This proposal for the new municipal mobility plan provokes strong reactions

“We have identified several problems in the municipality of Tintigny. The lack of pedestrian crossings, inappropriate speeds, the lack of bicycle areas or the lack of facilities at the entrance to the villages.” , explains Florence Vandy from the Institute for Consulting and Sustainable Development Studies (ICEDD). In this document of more than 200 pages we find various sketches made by the “Impact” office that materialize these shortcomings in terms of mobility. For every problem, the ICEDD offers some answers. But be careful, nothing is final. It is necessary to seek the opinion of the population, the opinion of the Walloon Region and, above all, the opinion of the municipality. “This document is not the ultimate solution to all problems. It is necessary to discuss, analyze, try and budget to see what is possible or not.” adds Florence Vandy.

challenges

In Phase 2 of the PCM, three major challenges were identified: strengthening and securing travel, improving safety and coexistence of transport modes, and improving the usability of public spaces. The various actors involved in the project have therefore proposed several solutions. In particular, this can be achieved by installing speed bumps or speed cushions to slow down the speed of reckless vehicles. To address the lack of parking spaces, some sidewalks and roads could be rehabilitated. Green paths and soft mobility are also the focus of this program. “This PCM has identified 13 slow links that could improve our soft mobility. That’s a wish we’ve had for a while. In 2020 we won a grant of EUR 150,000 to fund just that.” explains Benjamin Destree, the second councilor of Tintigny.

30 km/h everywhere?

Another solution proposed by ICEDD during the meeting was to make 30 km/h a speed limit everywhere in urban areas. Very quickly, in the montage, the reactions merged. “If we were to push through 50 km/h in urban areas, that wouldn’t be bad! Are there specific timetables? Think a little about the people who work!” , a person sitting in the stands starts. And Florence Vandy to reply. “It is indeed a strong measure, but it must be done in perfect harmony with the population. Nothing is decided, it is only a proposal. Unfortunately, it is not possible to choose a schedule.” She explains.

“No catalog of Saint-Nicolas”

If the speed problem is known to everyone, the public present seems more suitable for the installation of speed bumps or radar. From this year, the PCM will remain valid until 2032. A valuable tool for the municipality, but not systematic. “The PCM allows us to take the temperature of project calls and search for articles. It’s a solid foundation. It’s a catalogue, yes, but not a Saint Nicolas catalogue. Not everything is not done, it depends on the available budgets and the real needs. Let’s assume this analysis will save us valuable time.” ends Alderman Destree.

The presentation ended after two hours. Despite everything, on the part of the municipality we felt a little disappointed with the number of people present during the session. A number inversely proportional to the letters elected officials have received on the subject…

The documents can be consulted by appointment at the town hall or online at https://www.tintigny.be/ma-commune/services-communaux/mobilite/plan-communal-de-mobilite-1

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