On Thursday 22 September 2022, the Mayor of the City of Luxembourg (Ville de Luxembourg - VdL), Lydie Polfer, together with the first alderman, Serge Wilmes, and alderman responsible for mobility, Patrick Goldschmidt, presented and inaugurated the cycling infrastructure developments put in place on Boulevard Prince Henri.
With these developments, which are transitional until the implementation of the final development project scheduled for the end of 2023 as part of Creos infrastructure works on Boulevard Prince Henri, the College of Aldermen aims to promote and secure the soft mobility in urban areas, more particularly within the perimeter of the municipal park.
The reorganisation of cyclist and pedestrian traffic in the municipal park carried out in June 2021 was a first step towards greater safety for cyclists and pedestrians according to the City of Luxembourg. As part of the logical continuation of this reorganisation, the present project aims to further improve cyclist and pedestrian traffic by creating routes dedicated to each user, or even physically separating the paths of the different road users, to avoid conflicts between them.
Creating a secure central axis on its own site on Boulevard Prince Henri, the project includes:
- the creation of a new two-way cycle path on Boulevard Prince Henri between Avenue Pescatore and Avenue de la Porte-Neuve. The elimination of 25 spaces (fourteen for cars and eleven for motorcycles) on the section in question is compensated by the adaptation of the parking regime on the odd-numbered side of the section concerned in the orange zone (short duration; one hour maximum from Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 18:00 at the rate of €2 per hour) to encourage rotation. The parking space for people with reduced mobility has been moved to the parking strip on Boulevard Prince Henri (intersection Boulevard Prince Henri / Avenue de la Porte-Neuve).
- the installation over a length of approximately 270 metres of a modular physical separation between the cycling infrastructure and the traffic lane on the section of Boulevard Prince Henri located between Avenue Pescatore and Avenue Emile Reuter, involving the removal of around forty parking spaces along the municipal park.
- construction of a secure crossing for pedestrians and cyclists using light signals at the intersection formed by Boulevard Prince Henri with Avenue de la Porte-Neuve. This development, which is already part of the final project, includes the adaptation of the "north-west" edge of the sidewalk at the location in question and the lowering of the sidewalk on either side of the crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.
The aim of the implementation of these developments on a main traffic axis is thus to allow safe travel for cyclists pending the completion of the final project in 2023, including constructive measures, and in particular the creation of a raised cycle path over the entire length of the Boulevard Prince Henri.
Indeed, the final project should create a direct secure cycle link to the Pfaffenthal lift (and PC1) and Kirchberg on one side, and to the city centre (cycle path at Boulevard F D Roosevelt) and the station (cycle bridge located under the Adolphe bridge) on the other side. In addition, it will ultimately reduce the circulation of cyclists in the municipal park to a strict minimum and make pedestrian travel safer, according to the City of Luxembourg.