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Inside the New Plan to Make Paris ‘100% Cyclable’

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.

Cyclists use a bike lane on a section of Rue de Rivoli that had been converted to accommodate bike and bus traffic only. Paris is significantly expanding its network of segregated lanes, and shifting some of them from temporary to permanent. 

Cyclists use a bike lane on a section of Rue de Rivoli that had been converted to accommodate bike and bus traffic only. Paris is significantly expanding its network of segregated lanes, and shifting some of them from temporary to permanent. 

Photographer:  Nathan Laine/Bloomberg

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.