Cycling in Paris: Using a Bike in the City of Lights

Bonjour, fellow adventurers! If you’re dreaming of zipping through the charming streets of Paris on two wheels, you’ve come to the right place. Cycling in Paris is not only a fantastic way to see the city, but it’s also eco-friendly, fun, and surprisingly easy. Plus, with the upcoming Olympics in 2024, the city has been gearing up to make cycling even more fabulous. So, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of navigating Paris by bikes.

Vélib’ – Bike Sharing in Paris

First things first, let’s talk about the Vélib’ bike-sharing system. These chic, green (or blue for electric bikes) bicycles are available all over Paris, making them the perfect companions for your urban escapades. Here’s how to hop on a Vélib’ and start your adventure:

  1. Sign Up: Download the Vélib’ app on your smartphone. You can choose from several subscription options, whether you’re here for a day or a month. Pro tip: If you’re just visiting, the 1-day or 7-day passes are your best bet.
  2. Locate a Bike: Use the app to find the nearest Vélib’ station. With over 1,800 stations across the city, there’s always one nearby. Look for a green light on the bike stand – this means the bike is available.
  3. Unlock and Ride: Scan the QR code on the bike or enter the bike number into the app to unlock it. Adjust your seat, check the brakes, and off you go!
  4. Return: When you’re done, find the nearest station and lock the bike back into a stand. Make sure it’s securely locked before you walk away – the green light will confirm it.

They’re pretty budget friendly as well, depending on the type of bike you use:

Temporary Passes:

Ticket V (1 trip, 45 minutes included) €3

Classic 24-hour Pass €5

Electric 24-hour Pass €10

3-day Electric Pass €20

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Navigating the Bike Lanes

Since the era of COVID and now for the Olympics, Paris has been busy transforming its streets to be more bike-friendly. Here’s what you need to know about the bike lanes:

  • Dedicated Bike Lanes: Look for the blue bike signs and painted bike lanes on major roads. These lanes are just for cyclists, so you can pedal away without worrying about cars.
  • Shared Lanes: Some lanes are shared with buses and taxis. Keep an eye out for signs and be cautious, especially at intersections.
  • Cycling Etiquette: Always follow traffic signals, use hand signals to indicate turns, and be mindful of pedestrians, if you see the words “pietons prioritaire” it means that they have right of passage and you should stop and let them cross. Ring your bell to alert others if needed.

Olympics 2024: A Cyclist’s Dream

With the Olympics coming to Paris in 2024, the city has been ramping up its efforts to become even more bike-friendly. Expect to see:

  • Expanded Bike Lanes: More dedicated lanes and cycling paths are being added, making it easier and safer to get around.
  • Better Infrastructure: Improved bike parking and maintenance stations will be popping up all over the city.
  • Olympic Routes: Special routes will be set up for easy access to Olympic venues. Perfect for avoiding the hustle and bustle of public transport.

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Where will you cycle to?

After a delightful day of biking in Paris, reward yourself with a cooking class at Cook’n With Class in Montmartre! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned foodie, our classes offer a delicious and experience that you won’t forget. Check out all our Paris classes here.

And if you’re curious about other ways to get around Paris, don’t miss our handy guides on the Paris Metro during the Olympics, Metro Tickets, Taking a Taxi, and taking the bus like a Parisian.

So, hop on a bike, explore the city, and then join us for a culinary adventure. Because in Paris, every journey should end with something delicious. Bon voyage and bon appétit!

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