The bicycle in Paris La Défense

In connection with the developments implemented by the Hauts-de-Seine Department and the State along the boulevard Circulaire and the Pont de Neuilly, Paris La Défense has built over 16.4 km of temporary and permanent bike lanes. With the roll-out of its new 2023-2027 Bicycle Plan, it is estimated that these facilities will enable over 50,000 people to access the business district by bike by 2040.
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For those who are a few years late, be aware that, since 2015, bicycles are allowed on the territory! As time goes by, bikes and pedestrians have found common ground and share the public space. From now on, electric scooters will be added to the equation. An overview of the situation!

Cycling in Paris La Défense

It's no secret that Paris La Défense was not designed for cycling! In fact, La Défense is the largest pedestrian area in Europe and when you say pedestrian area, you mean priority for pedestrians! Certain rules must therefore be observed to ensure that all the different modes of travel on the pedestrian area (bicycles, scooters) can coexist.

In order to promote a virtuous cohabitation between all the users of the slab, it is essential that everyone circulates with respect for others and the particularities of the site. This is the aim of the "Love Story on the Square" communication campaign launched by Paris La Défense. This campaign is accompanied by a Peace and Love Story sur le Parvis best practice guide. Its aim is to set out the rules of good conduct for pleasant and safe travel and to encourage respectful sharing in the public space.

Paris La Défense is not stopping there and is developing a 2023/2027 cycling plan to launch, in particular, a program to improve cycling discontinuities. But that's not all! Other actions are also underway to better identify bicycle access to La Défense and offer more services:

  • develop secure parking facilities (more than 600 spaces already available in local parking lots),
  • develop the bike arches,
  • deployment of new signage to improve cycle routing,
  • develop the care and maintenance services.

For the moment, Paris La Défense offers a secure, public car park with more than 2000 bicycle racks.

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