New cyclists account for almost six in ten users of pop-up cycle lanes in Paris, installed first in response to a public transport strike last winter with the network subsequently enlarged due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to figures from the city’s government.
The temporary cycle lanes, many of them on key roads in the heart of the French capital, including Rue de Rivoli as shown in the video below, and other policies aimed at reducing car dependency and fighting climate change, became a key battleground in Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s successful campaign for re-election last year.
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According to a report from the Ile de France department, the Hotel de Ville – Paris’s equivalent of London’s City Hall – undertook a study to better understand who is using the new bike lanes. It found that 42 per cent of the cyclists interviewed at 12 different locations within the city were already riding there, prior to December 2019.
Some 14 per cent began cycling during the public transport strike of December 2019 and January 2020, before the first cases of coronavirus in France.
The study also revealed that prior to the pop-up bike lanes being put in place, women made up 36 per cent of cyclists in Paris, which has now risen to 41 per cent.
The proportion of women among new cyclists will therefore, by implication, be even higher – and as studies around the world, including the UK, have consistently shown, perception of danger is one of the biggest barriers to getting more women cycling, and providing safe infrastructure is regularly near the top of the wish list of those who would like to ride bikes.
In terms of socio-professional classification, most new cyclists are employees, or members of “intermediate professions” – spanning a range of jobs from teachers to photographers and insurance brokers – and 86 per cent used public transport before lockdown.
Meanwhile, 87 per cent of cyclists said they were happy with the cycle lanes realised to date, with their most favoured aspects of them being the speed and fluidity of bike traffic that they allow, as well as the greater feeling of safety they provide.
According to a survey commissioned by Réseau Action Climat and conducted last August, 62 per cent of residents of Grand Paris – the wider metropolitan area with a population of more than 7 million people – favour temporary cycle lanes being made permanent, something Hidalgo committed to last year.
Support for keeping the pop-up lanes was greater among those living outside the city’s Boulevard périphérique ring road, at 64 per cent.
There was particularly strong support for keeping the cycle lanes from respondents aged 18-35, some 68 per cent of whom across Grand Paris as a whole want to see the pop-up lanes made permanent.
The one to ask there is @RighttoBikeIt on twitter, who has his excessive equipment dominating every cycling video.
My pet hate for all the mapping apps is a lack of readily accessible legend. They all seem hidden away so well I can never find them....
For a start, staggered bollards are recommended against in the National Guidelines - because a straight approach and path through is required....
Isn't Brigg where Falcon bikes came from originally?
In the same way that letting the tyres down for short periods doesn't damage the tyres?
At least I have no preference or prejudice, I don't seem to be able to comment without perce or clem shaped shadows. Which is a compliment I guess....
Just hoppit with your humour.
Oh no, helmets again...
Something there is which doesn't love a planter... the one just up the hill from it was trashed time back. Not sure if this one has been...
very happy with my Velovault 2. Easy to pack, with plenty of space for a larger frame. The customer service was excellent too