Wider, safer cycling for Paris ahead of lofty
2020 cycling city ambitions
Paris bike lane (c) Twitter user WeelzFr.png
Paris has unveiled its next-generation cycle lanes, with the opening of the first leg of its new
The 600-metre stretch near Bastille features two metre-wide tracks on the Boulevard Bourdon, giving cyclists almost a third more space than traditional bike lanes.
There will be similar highways constructed around the city, all part of the Express Bike Network, which will eventually lead to 45 connected kilometres of safe routes around the city.
Much like London, the city will be first intersected north to south and east to west, using the river as a guide.
The lanes are designed to be wide enough for easy overtaking, making it a safer space for riders of all abilities.
They are totally segregated from traffic and will cost more than €150 million to construct – money dedicated to meet the 2020 cycling capital ambitions held by the City Hall.
Concrete aims of the programme are to double the number of cycling lanes to 1,400 kilometres of routes.
10,000 new bike racks will be created and electric bikes introduced to the Velib scheme to help with hilly or long commutes.