Thanks to the policy of the Paris City Council, the bicycle is gaining ground: today 700 kilometres of bike paths are available to cyclists. With its ‘Bike Plan’, Paris is developing 200 kilometres of new bike paths in 2017; by the end of 2020, it aims to have a total of 1,400 kilometres of bike paths.
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
‘Paris breathes!’ The Parc Rives de Seine, opened in 2017, is a new haven of peace for pedestrians and cyclists, who can now venture along the car-free riverbanks. On Sunday and public holidays, some parts of Paris are also pedestrianized, like the Canal Saint-Martin district, and the La Roquette and Luxembourg districts.
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.