The bicycle overtook the car and is now more commonly used in Paris

Research by the Institut Paris Région (IPR) found that Parisians use bicycles more often, at 11.2%, compared to 4.3% of cars.

The truth is that both forms of transportation rank behind walking (53.5%) and public transit (30%).

In this way, these people prefer to get out of the car to move more sustainably and mainly use bicycles.

“Ten years ago, who could have imagined that bicycles would overtake cars in Paris? Well, we did it,” Mobility City Councilor David Belliard congratulated himself on the social network X this Thursday.

Bicycles are now used more frequently than cars in Paris.  Photo: EFE

Bicycles are now used more frequently than cars in Paris. Photo: EFE

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A commitment to sustainable mobility

The results were celebrated by authorities who are strongly committed to promoting cleaner and more sustainable transport.

The bike also outperforms the car when traveling between Paris and the nearest suburbs, at 14% versus 11.8%.

In addition, the data confirms that 66.1% of citizens use public transport and 5.5% choose to walk.

The truth is that in more remote areas there is a high dependency on cars as there is not a wide range of public transport available.

Given this situation, the authorities have pushed forward a plan for 200 kilometers of subway lines called the Grand Paris Express. The aim of this project is to connect the suburbs of Paris with public transport in order to promote the use of more sustainable means of transport.

The mayor of Paris, socialist Anne Hidalgo, proposed reducing space for cars in favor of pedestrians and bicycles.

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In 2021, the city had more than 1,000 kilometers of facilities adapted for cyclists, including more than 300 kilometers of lanes. However, the goal is to convert Paris entirely to bicycles by 2026.

An example of this will be the Olympic Games, which will take place in mid-2024, for which more cycle paths have been built to facilitate mobility during the event.

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