Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Air Quality

Paris Embraces Plan to Become City of Bikes

The Velo'v public bicycle system in Lyon, France. By the end of 2007 the city of Paris will have 1,450 bike stations offering 20,000 bicycles.

The Washington Post reports:

On July 15, the day after Bastille Day, Parisians will wake up to discover thousands of low-cost rental bikes at hundreds of high-techbicycle stations scattered throughout the city, an ambitious program to cut traffic, reduce pollution, improve parking and enhance the city's image as a greener, quieter, more relaxed place.

The program was meant "not just to modify the equilibrium between themodes of transportation and reduce air pollution, but also to modifythe image of the city and to have a city where humans occupy a largerspace."

The Socialist mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, has thesame aim, said his aide, Jean-Luc Dumesnil: "We think it could changeParis's image -- make it quieter, less polluted, with a niceratmosphere, a better way of life."

Butthere is a practical side, too, Dumesnil said. A recent study analyzeddifferent trips in the city "with a car, bike, taxi and walking, andthe bikes were always the fastest."

"It'sfaster than the bus or metro, it's good exercise, and it's almostfree," said Vianney Paquet, 19, who is studying law in Lyon. Paquetsaid that he uses the rental bikes four or five times a day and pays 10euros (about $13) a year, half for an annual membership fee and halffor rental credit that he never actually spends because his ridestypically last just a few minutes.

Photo: Chris73, Wikipedia.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Bike Rack Saves Pedestrians in Crash on Busy Brooklyn Street

The white Hyundai involved in the crash has been nabbed 10 times by city speed- and red-light cameras since Oct. 10, 2023, city records show.

July 22, 2024

Map: How Did Community Boards Vote on ‘City of Yes’ Housing Plan

With most of the community board recommendations in, Streetsblog mapped where residents are saying "yes" to more housing and less parking.

July 22, 2024

What a Surprise! Hochul’s Congestion Pricing Pause Helps Rich Suburban Drivers

Gov. Hochul's "little guys" certainly have big wallets. Meanwhile, the rest of us suffer with declining subway service and buses that are slower than walking. Thanks, Kathy.

July 22, 2024

Monday’s Headlines: Congestion Kamala Edition

My guess is that everyone is going to be talking about President Harris today, but don't blow off the livable streets news, which overlaps.

July 22, 2024

Friday’s Headlines: Hochul’s Fantasy World Edition

The governor has gone off the deep end. Plus other news.

July 19, 2024
See all posts