This is something Paris mayor wanted to do: make of the Rue de Rivoli a privileged and secured place for bicycles and pedestrians. Since May 2020, the iconic street in Paris, going from Bastille to the Concorde, is reserved for bicycles and pedestrians, and it is going to last.
This Wednesday September 16, 2020, invited on Europe 1, Paris Mayor has announced that the "coronapistes" will be kept, that is to say 50km of temporary bikeways created during the coronavirus epidemic to encourage and secure bicycling in the French capital.
The rue de Rivoli will be reserved for bicycles and pedestrians but a few exceptions will be given to buses, cabs, delivery cars and even emergency vehicles and for disabled people.
So how does the rue de Rivoli look like now?
On the Bastille to Saint-Paul section (where buses circulate in both ways in rue Saint-Antoine)
Bus and cab lanes are also open in both ways for delivery trucks, storekeepers and artisans, medical staff, emergency vehicles and disabled people. Bicycles can use the two-way lane.
Rue de Rivoli temporary bikeway plan, on the Place de la Bastille to Pont au Change section:
On the Saint Paul metro station to Châtelet and Châtelet-Concorde section:
Rue de Rivoli temporary bikeway plan, on the Pont Neuf to Concorde section:
The city of Paris adds that filtering roadblocks with people from the DPSP (Department of Prevention, Safety and Protection) are set up at the entrance of the bikeway and at the intersection of main roads (rue du Renard, Réaumur/Châtelet…). Goal? Preventing non-authorized vehicles from using the rue de Rivoli.
As for Seine-Saint-Denis, the department considers making 100% of its roads cycle by 2024.