Cycling in Paris

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Paris has steadily increased its network of bicycle paths since the late 1990s. As of 2010 there were 440 km (270 mi) of cycling routes in Paris,[1] including bike paths and bus lanes that had been widened for use by bike riders.

Cycle ways and routes within Paris[edit]

There are 440 km (270 mi) of cycle paths and routes in Paris. These include piste cyclable (bike lanes separated from other traffic by physical barriers such as a kerb) and bande cyclable (a bicycle lane denoted by a painted path on the road). Also since 2008, 29 km (18 mi) of specially marked bus lanes are free to be used by cyclists.[2] Cyclists have also been given the right to ride in both directions on certain one-way streets (20mph zone).

Paris' bike routes are detailed in guides such as Paris de Poche: Cycliste et Piéton (i.e. Pocket Paris: Cyclist and Pedestrian) which costs about €5 or the free Paris á Velo available from Paris town hall offices.

Vélib'[edit]

Main article: Vélib'

Following the successful examples of bicycle hire schemes in the French cities of Rennes and Lyon the city of Paris launched a system of rental bikes free service called Vélib' on the 15th of July 2007. Managed by the company JCDecaux there were originally 10,648 bikes available at 750 Vélib' stations. More than 20,600 bikes at 1,451 stations are planned for late 2007 and Paris may eventually have 50,000 Vélib' bikes for hire.

Vélib's main aim is to replace car use in Paris for short trips.

Paris Respire[edit]

Paris Respire (literally "Paris Breathes") is a car-free scheme where certain roads are closed to vehicular traffic on Sundays and public holidays between the hours of 9am and 5pm. The roads closed include those by the River Seine, in the Marais, the Canal Saint Martin, Montmartre as well as roads elsewhere in the city.[3] Cycling and walking are the main forms of getting around on these roads on these days.

National and international cycle routes[edit]

Voies vertes[edit]

Some of the French cycle routes known as Voies vertes (literally "green ways") pass through Paris. One is the Piste du canal de L'Ourcq (the Ourcq canal path) which runs 97 km (60 mi) through Paris to Sevran.[4]

EuroVelo and other international routes[edit]

The long-distance cycle path EuroVelo 3, dubbed the Pilgrim's Route, running between Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Trondheim in Norway passes through Paris.

Other international routes include the Avenue Verte route which runs between Paris and London. The Avenue Verte crosses the English Channel at Dieppe via the Newhaven – Dieppe ferry.

Future developments[edit]

As announced in June 2010, Paris will increase the size of its bike path network to 700 km (430 mi) by 2014. The city has pledged to create 1,000 new bike parking places per year and is setting up a maison du velo in the Bastille district that will provide rental, repair and other services to cyclists.[5]

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