Thanks to the policy of the Paris City Council, the bicycle is gaining ground. As well as 200 km of bicycle lanes, an additional 70 km of bus lanes are also accessible to cyclists.
Near to the main train stations and the principal tourist routes, you’ll find companies renting bicycles for a day, a weekend or a week. (cf. list below)
Regularly serviced, sometimes equipped with baskets or with child seats, bicycles can be hired at one agency and returned to another in the same chain. Be careful though, Paris is not like Amsterdam and some thoroughfares are not exclusively reserved for bicycles.
Cycling routes and rules
On Sunday and public holidays, some of the Seine expressways and canal roads are reserved exclusively for pedestrians, cyclists and rollerbladers as part of the 'Paris Respire' ('Paris Breathes') campaign. However, if you want to breeze along happily, make sure you keep in mind the highway code (fines are always possible), and don’t forget the necessary equipment: bell, 2 brakes, sidelights and insurance. The wearing of helmets is strongly recommended. And get yourself a good anti-theft device.