La Rochelle: A Modern Town of the Future

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La Rochelle France

This guest post is by Shaiya Ong of

With over 76,711 residents, La Rochelle, France has been an epitome to many cities. It successfully managed to fuse modernity and ecology together making it one of the models of the modern town of the future. You can immediately sense the eco-consciousness of the city government upon arrival at La Rochelle Airport, thanks to the numerous car friendly vehicles

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Car-Free Day Program

As early as 1997,La Rochellehas spearheaded the car-free day program. Its streets flooded with tandems, bikes, roller skates, and skateboards in support of call to help reduce carbon in the atmosphere. It was a time for celebration for those who were fighting for eco-consciousness because on that day, surely they have won the battle, but the war is still left to be conquered.

It took the government a week to implement this program and those who monitored the pollution rate for that day stated that the quality of air showed a 50% decline in nitrogen oxide and sulphur content. It is a revolutionary wake-up call not only for the citizens ofLa Rochellebut also for the entire world. If a day without vehicle can create an impact as big as this then what more if all other cities will join hands with their endeavor.

Today,La Rochelle implements the “Around Town Without My Car” also known as “To Work without my Car” program. This is not only to help reduce pollution, but also to help solution traffic problems. This experimental program hopes to last for an entire week rather than a single day where employees are encouraged to ride the free shuttle service provided by CDA for them to reach their work place.

Electric Transport

Those looking for a convenient way of traveling the city without hurting the environment will be grateful to learn that electric vehicles are quite popular in the area as well. Liselec is an agency with over 50 electric cars. It offers services round the clock to anyone wishing to consider this as mode of transportation during their stay.

To take advantage of this opportunity, you need to sign-up for a subscription from the company. It will then allow you to take any of the 50 cars scattered in seven different locations. From that point, you will be charged based on the length of mileage and time you have used for the entire month. It is wonderful example for other urban cities. It is also an inspiration to other government and proofs that convenience and the act of saving Mother Earth is indeed a reality and not merely an illusion.

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About Shay Ong

Shay is not a born writer, but she has a very inquisitive mind. She is fascinated with anything green and eco-friendly because she believes there is only one home for humanity – MOTHER EARTH. Read more of her thoughts on life at Boots N Candies.

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