Paris intends to increase the number of protected bicycle paths in the city, as well as to multiply the number of bicycle parking locations; is revealed in the recently officially published “Plan Velo: Act 2” plan for the time interval from 2021 – 2026.
Velo Plan is an existing cycling project worth over $ 174 million that has become more beautiful, bigger and bolder with each iteration and new proposal. Paris Mayor Ana Hidalgo was elected for a second term last year after she successfully introduced many measures in favor of urban cycling.
On October 23, 2021, Anne Hidalgo even launched her candidacy for president of France. She gathered so much support.
She says ” My wish is to turn the French capital, which not so long ago was a toxic training ground for strenuous cycling, into a 100% pleasant city for everyday riding and recreation. ”.
In addition to the mentioned changes and improvements within the new cycling infrastructure plan, an additional $ 290 million is mentioned, which will be set aside for the maintenance of the same infrastructure, where examples are given for the upcoming winter season, ie clearing snow from bicycle paths, increased safety, etc.
And while the number of bicycle parking locations is increasing, car parking spaces are also being significantly reduced and abolished. The removal of more than 70% of car parks has already begun.
As part of “Plan Velo Act 2The project will create 30,000 new parking spaces for ordinary bicycles, as well as an additional 1,000 special spaces for cargo models.
40,000 parking spaces will be provided at major transport hubs such as bus and train stations. The private sector is also expected to install an additional 50,000 parking lots, thanks to grants and incentive programs.
The fact that Paris is becoming one of the leading European cycling cities has not gone unnoticed. It’s been a while New York Times claimed that Paris was facing “anarchy” due to an increase in the number of bicycles on the city’s streets.
On many social networks, various experts in the field of urbanism have commented or commented on this attitude of the NYTimes with another article entitled “And while cyclists rush to the streets, Paris falls into anarchy” showing at the same time endless rows of quiet citizens as they move pleasantly through their city on a bicycle. Something New York certainly can’t boast of.
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