The French Hiking Federation released its barometer of the 200 most “walkable” cities in France. In all, 68,510 French people took part in this public consultation, making it possible to assess the “walkability” of 200 towns.
But what is “walkability”? Several associations including “Rue de l’Avenir” and “60 million pedestrians” collaborated in the study. For Vincent Chas, of the first association, when we speak of “walkability”, we speak of a city “healthy and safe, active, pleasant and comfortable for all its inhabitants”, he specified on Tuesday to Latest News from Alsace.
Among the cities studied, Strasbourg, Rennes, Nantes, Dijon, Metz and Annecy obtained good scores. But the best results are recorded in small towns with a high standard of living.
Better scores for small towns
The classification takes into account the safety, comfort, effort and layout of the services. Thus, “it is normal” that the small enough rich cities arrive at the top of the ranking, affirms Hervé Dupont, of the association 60 millions of pedestrians, to France Inter, especially since “there are much less people per square meter”.
Among the large cities where it is pleasant to walk according to the respondents, there are however Rennes, Strasbourg, Nantes, Lyon and Bordeaux. Strasbourg is also the most “walkable” city of more than 200,000 inhabitants with a score of 10/20.
Marseille and Montpellier arrive at the back of the pack. Still in the South, pedestrians admit to preferring Ajaccio or Mont-de-Marsan in the Landes.
Note that only cities with more than 40 respondents appear in the ranking. The survey should therefore be put into perspective and some cities may be able to enter the next edition.
In general, walkers give their city a score of 9.2 / 20. Obviously, the urban environment remains less popular than the countryside for hiking, but efforts can be put in place.
“Pedestrians complain about degraded sidewalks, which hamper their movements and the dangers they encounter at crossroads, because they do not feel respected by cars. Finally, they complain about new conflicts of use linked to new forms of mobility such as scooters or bicycles, which now come to walk on the sidewalks “, explains to France Inter Vincent Chas, spokesperson for Rue de l’Avenir.
The complete classification of “walkable” cities is available THIS WAY.