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Cahors, a city of 22,000 in southwestern France, has been a human settlement dating from Celtic times. Today it is a popular tourist centre due to its picturesque Medieval quarter and the unique 14th century fortified Valentré bridge. Harmonising the local tourism industry with sustainability goals can cause a clash of interests.

Cahors is easily accessible by train but lacks an extensive local public transport network. The city coordinates the SMOOTH project, which seeks to reduce car use by promoting viable multimodal transport options, including safe walking, cycling and on-demand transport. The project demonstrates safety measures as a way to make active transport more attractive. It also organises training activities to disseminate the project’s results.


Julien Grossetete
City Representative