Paris wants to become new bikers capital
Paris wants to become the new bikers capital. Therefore it has established a Plan Vélo in 2015. It wants to double bicycle lanes in the capital and increase the share of biking in total traffic from 5 to 15% by 2020. But critical voices make themselves heard.
The association Paris en Selle scrutinizes the work already done and has just rang the alarm bell with his report “Observatoire du Plan Vélo”. They are working together with the Paris authorities but stay very critical. They claim that until now only 5% of cyclist infrastructure has been realised.
Their president, Charles Maguin, states: “The only way to secure people is to create separate bike lanes. Otherwise they won’t use their bikes.”
Not so clever?
Others find that the bikers are getting to much space. Take the Rue de Rivoli for example, where a car lane is transformed into a two directions cycle lane. There are critics from different persons. Mouhssine Berrada, vice-president of a big taxi association fears even more congestion. Police prefect Michel Delpuech has his doubts about the possibility for safety vehicles (police, fire department, ambulances, …) to get through.
A recent law states that the ultimate decisions are now taken by the city authorities themselves, the préfecture has only an advisory role. Paris en Selle, by it’s president, deplores that the people really interested in the problem are so few. “At the Mairie there are only two contact persons regarding this biking policy, that’s very few for a city that wants to become the new bikers capital of the world.