The French capital is dramatically expanding its network of segregated bike lanes and more than tripling bicycle parking spots as part of a massive new investment.
This week, Paris announced a major upgrade of its cycling infrastructure that could make it one of the most bike-friendly major cities in the world.
Between now and 2026, the city announced, Paris will gain 180 kilometers (112 miles) of new permanent segregated bike lanes. As part of the city’s new Bike Plan, the number of bike parking spots will more than triple, with 180,000 more added to the current total of 60,000. The city will pay particular attention to bike lanes and infrastructure around the connection points between the neighboring suburbs and the city to create better integration across the wider metro area.
The measures, funded by a 250 million euro ($291 million) budget, show not just the city’s investment in cycling, but also how its increasing popularity has created pressure for improvements. In a swing intensified by the spike in active travel during the pandemic, Paris now sees almost 1 million bike journeys daily.
The plan also addresses some of the growing pains that can come along with this rapid shift. The proposal contains an acknowledgment that some Parisians have found the recent rapid increase in bikes on the road a little hard to handle. As well as infrastructure improvements, the city has promised to put pedestrian safety first, increasing police controls in riders and publicizing the rules of the road.