Deconfinement: a bike lane between the Porte Maillot in Paris and La Défense opens

Published by Caroline J. · Photos by Laurent P. · Published on 10 May 2020 at 13h28 · Updated on 10 May 2020 at 13h32
The implementation of temporary bikeways has started in Paris and Ile-de-France. The Collectif Vélo Paris Ouest La Défense group announces the creation of a temporary bikeway devoted to bikes, between the Porte Maillot, Paris and La Défense. Set along the Avenue Charles de Gaulle, it is said to welcome the first bikers starting next week and until summer, according to Le Parisien daily.

Bicycle, king of confinement. As the bicycle sales are thriving as May 11th is coming, temporary bikeways start to develop everywhere in France. Said to be the alternative transportation mean the most used in France, many cities are starting to develop temporary bikeways in order to guarantee total safety to bicyclers.

It is the case in Ile-de-France and especially between La Défense, first European business district and the Porte Maillot, western Paris.

Tweet reads: “How great. We’re looking forward to seeing the extensions in Hauts-de-Seine. We’ll implement direct connections on our territory to join Paris La Défense and the City of Paris. Strikes and the health crisis were needed to put us back on bicycles.”

In more concrete words, this track will go along the Avenue Charles de Gaulle and cross Neuilly-sur-Seine and the Pont de Neuilly before joining La Défense. Fit on one of the most crowded roads in Île-de-France, this bikeway will be secured with marks on the ground and protection. A lane usually for cars has been removed.

Tweet reads: “Neuilly anticipates the opening of the first bikeway segment on the Avenue Charles de Gaulle and develops temporary layouts.”

Believing miscellaneous right mayor Jean-Christophe Fromentin interviewed on BFMTV, bicyclers wishing to head to the Esplanade de la Défense from the Porte Maillot in Paris can use this temporary bikeway from May 13th.

Good news for all those who will have to go back to work at La Défense starting from May 11th and who will choose bicycle as an alternative transportation mean. A way to unclog RER A and metro line 1, often crowded at peak hours.

For the record, Paris mayor also plans to set temporary bikeways in several strategic places in town. As for the Region Île-de-France, they are committing to the famous RER vélo network.


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