Skip to comments.France to encourage bicycle use by turning Paris streets into cycle lanes to limit crowds as Coronavirus lockdown eases.
Posted on 05/05/2020 11:48:00 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
WHEN France begins lifting its coronavirus lockdown next week some of the busiest traffic lanes in Paris will be reserved for cyclists in a bid to limit crowds on public transport.
The citys mayor, Anne Hidalgo said In total, 50 kilometres of lanes normally used by cars will be reserved for bicycles. She also said another 30 streets would be made pedestrian-only, in particular around schools to avoid groups of people, she said.
The mayor had announced last week that the Rue de Rivoli, one of the main thoroughfares through the heart of the capital, would be only for bikes as from May 11. Other streets will include the Boulevard Saint-Michel in the Left Banks Saint-Germain neighbourhood, and the express tunnel under the chaotic roundabout at the Arc de Triomphe.
Many Paris suburbs have also announced plans for new bike lanes, hoping to reduce pressure on commuter trains and buses as well as the Metro, where many seats will now be off-limits to respect social distancing. Hidalgo, who is running for re-election, has been pushing for years to reduce car use in the capital by reducing lanes and speed limits and closing off dozens of streets completely. She said some of the street closures could be made permanent even after the crisis has passed.
The French government has unveiled a 20 million package to encourage the use of bicycles post-lockdown, including a 50 subsidy for bike repairs or tune-ups.
That’s what de blasio is trying to do in Manhattan.
I’m so glad I work on staten island now.
This is just one big social experiment on a million different levels.
Weren’t bicyclists admonished in Dutch studies to NOT travel in single file? (”Virus clouds” accumulating behind each biker).
In total, 50 kilometres of lanes normally used by cars will be reserved for bicycles.
They have been wanting get rid of cars in Paris for years and here is the excuse...
The citys mayor, Anne Hidalgo
Have women in leadership mostly ruined the world?
“Werent bicyclists admonished in Dutch studies to NOT travel in single file? (Virus clouds accumulating behind each biker)”
That’s not really an issue, unless you follow a sick guy for 2 hours or so without any wind blowing - you need quite a bit of the virus to actually get sick. By default, bicycles easily keep people far enough apart, at least for outdoor conditions.
Great idea. What could possibly go wrong?
Will this make Paris look more like Beijing?
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