the ecologists assume the recourse to the loan to face the crisis and to concretize their projects

In the midst of a health crisis and without financial certainty, the ecologist executive of the metropolis of Lyon, allied with its left-wing partners, voted for its multi-year investment program on Monday January 25, for a total amount of 3.6 billion euros . “Caution would be a mistake, ambitious solutions are needed for an ecological and united recovery”, declared Bruno Bernard (president Europe Ecologie-Les Verts, EELV) during the metropolitan council, to justify the increase of 3% of this investment budget, compared to that of the previous mandate of Gérard Collomb (ex-La République en Marche ). Decided to make their mark over the next five years, environmentalists assume the use of borrowing, to cope with a debt estimated at 2 billion euros. The deleveraging capacity would increase from six to eight years, or even ten years at the end of the term in 2026.

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Among the major environmental markers, the investment plan specifically provides for the construction of more than 200 kilometers of cycling facilities, in order to constitute an express bicycle network covering the 59 municipalities of the second largest agglomeration in France. The Lyon metropolis aims to reach nearly 2,000 kilometers of cycle lanes and 120,000 parking spaces for bicycles, including 15,000 secure. The Lyon executive announces the increase in contribution to the transport union of the Lyon agglomeration, in order to build 25 kilometers of additional tram lines, in particular towards disadvantaged neighborhoods, in Saint-Fons, Vaulx-en-Velin, Villeurbanne.

5,000 social housing units per year

Allied with the components of the left, the ecologists give a social tone to their first investment budget. The majority announces 518 million euros of investments in housing, with the objective of 5,000 social housing units built per year. “Very proactive land actions are being undertaken because we have to go quickly. One housing product is 1.8 jobs created in the construction industry, it is a lever for economic recovery ”, specifies Renaud Payre (Socialist Party), vice-president in charge of housing, social housing and city policy.

Apart from these few quantified examples, the multi-year ecological programming does not advance any other specific project. The deliberation sets out nine lines of action in general terms: travel, environment, housing, town planning, economic development, health, heritage, external participations, territorialized envelopes. It is a question of revegetation in each urban planning project, support for vulnerable populations, responsible purchasing, or “Structural responses” in view of a “Exemplary ecological transition”, without further details. Which provoked acid criticism. “A vague letter of framing, vague promises without real commitments”, commented Gérard Collomb.

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