Paris is Re-Proving ‘Build it and They Will Come!’

Rue de Rivoli Paris

Cycling advocates around the world know that if they can overcome entrenched resistance and actually get protected facilities installed, the riders will come.

Now a recent study by the Paris city government has found that new cyclists account for almost six in ten users of pop-up cycle lanes in Paris, installed first in response to a public transport strike last winter with the network subsequently enlarged due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The study also revealed that prior to the pop-up bike lanes being put in place, women made up 36 per cent of cyclists in Paris, which has now risen to 41 per cent.