The Minister of Transport, Clément Beaune, warned in mid-November: travel and traffic conditions in the Paris region will be “hardcore” during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2024 (from July 26 to August 11, then from August 28 to September 8).
This is the reason why, a few days earlier, one of the main players in the preparation of the event had underlined the importance of this end of year: it was going to be necessary, he explained, to carry out a lot of work. anticipation, information and consultation with the various stakeholders concerned on the constraints that the Games will impose.
Here we are. Laurent Nuñez, the Paris police chief, revealed, in an exclusive interview with Parisianwhat will be the security perimeters around the sites and the traffic regulation elements.
How will access to the sites and circulation around the sites be regulated?
Four zones have been defined. They will be put in place for all places where competitions will take place in Ile-de-France, as well as around athletes’ and media villages and party locations.
Two of these areas will be located near the sites. These are the safety zones.
A first level will consist of a protection perimeter, or Silt (from the law on internal security and the fight against terrorism). To participate, you must be searched.
According to the prefecture, this should not concern local residents, except for the opening ceremony and for a few rare sites.
A second level, called “organizing perimeter”, will be accessible only to accredited people (organization, athletes and managers, journalists, service providers, etc.) or with a ticket.
Concerning circulation, here too two levels have been defined, with a blue perimeter and a red perimeter. Both will only concern motorized vehicles (two or four wheels), but not bicycles or pedestrians.
In the blue zone, qualified as a zone of “transit traffic”Only the vehicles of people who live there, work there or have to go to a business or restaurant (delivery workers) will be authorized to circulate.
In the red zone, however, traffic will be prohibited. Unless you benefit from an exemption. The police headquarters emphasizes that the pedestrian flow will be significant and that this will avoid any risk of disruption or aggression. Specific access points will also be defined.
Maps showing these four perimeters will soon be posted online.
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Will traffic restrictions apply throughout the Games?
Yes and no.
The restrictions will be in effect for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Except in Paris Center in particular (Concorde, Invalides, Grand Palais, Champ-de-Mars, Trocadéro), where the sites will be closed to traffic shortly before the start of the Games.
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However, traffic restrictions will only be applied 2.5 hours before the start of the competitions and up to one hour afterwards. The prefecture emphasizes, however, that for Paris Center, traffic restrictions “could be effective from 6:30 a.m. to midnight”.
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Who will be able to benefit from an exemption to travel in red zones?
Access to these areas will be possible for residents with parking or parking spaces, as well as those responsible for visiting vulnerable people.
Rescue and emergency, recovery or delivery vehicles will also be able to circulate there. Like taxis and VTCs, but only to drop off passengers and provided you have proof.
How will it be possible to obtain an exemption for the red zone?
An online platform will be set up “at the earliest in March, at the latest in April”, according to the police chief. You will need to register and provide proof (including proof of address). This will give access to a QR code which must be presented during checks.
The police headquarters also emphasizes that it is working with the City of Paris and other communities to establish, for the most vulnerable people, those without access to the Internet, a badge or a proof.
Will you also have to register to travel to the blue zone?
No. The prefecture nevertheless warns that there will be controls: people who enter these areas must be able to justify the reason for their trip.
Will we be able to access the different neighborhoods by metro?
Stations located in the red and blue traffic zones may remain open.
Those overlooking the two areas located closest to the sites will be closed. “We cannot have a metro station that leaves inside a protection perimeter with people who have not been searched,” explains the police chief.
The latter also underlines that certain stations close to the sites will close because they are too small to absorb the expected flow of spectators.
Will the opening ceremony give rise to any special arrangements?
Yes. The protection perimeter (Silt) will be put in place a few days before the ceremony, scheduled for July 26, and will concern local residents.
The traffic ban perimeter will be activated a few hours before the start of the ceremony and will end at the end of it.
Entry of vehicles will be limited to the strict minimum: this concerns people returning home, or to the hotel, or even those with a ticket for the ceremony.
According to the police chief, the principle will be to “leave industrial and commercial establishments open”, including bars and restaurants, located in this area. “But, we will have to justify the fact that we are entering the field and therefore, there will necessarily be a registration on the platform”, he explains.
Registration on this platform will also be necessary for Parisians who wish to invite friends to attend the ceremony from their window. They will have to provide the identity of the people invited. For accommodation barges, it will be the same principle.
What are the first reactions to these constraints?
“It is essential to integrate urban logistics into decisions relating to traffic restrictions”declared the Union of Transport and Logistics Companies of France (Union TLF), in a press release published Wednesday, while deploring not “not knowing today the precise mapping of security zones, nor the modalities of access to the different zones for transporters”.
“In the Greater Paris metropolis, logistics activity represents a flow of nearly 3 million movements of goods per week, or 1.1 million in Paris”recalled the professional organization, insisting that “Economic and social life must continue during the Games” And “for this, carriers must be able to supply our traders, our hospitals, individuals…”.
The number of spectators for the opening ceremony set for spring 2024
Paris police chief Laurent Nunez said Parisian that the number of spectators who will be welcomed for the opening ceremony will be finalized in spring 2024. The latest estimates that were on the table were 100,000 spectators on the lower platforms, with paid access, and around 300,000 on the upper platforms , free. to access. The number was not ” stopped (…). There are entry and exit conditions to manage, the second-hand booksellers along the line… We are in discussions with them. Some are in strategic locations, where there is fear that people (born) accumulate »Mr. Nuñez explained. “This is why the gauge has not yet been defined. There are still too many dangers”.
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