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Can Paris become the world’s bicycle capital? – France 24 (via France 24)

Paris needs more tourists?

Mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to make Paris the world’s most bikeable city. But the congested and polluted capital still has a long way to go before it can rival the likes of Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

Foreign visitors often describe it as the world’s most beautiful road. A chance to soak in unrivalled views of the Eiffel Tower while coasting along the River Seine. But to Parisian commuters, the Voie Georges-Pompidou is primarily a motorway into town. The only uncongested express route that can get a car from the western edge of Paris into the city centre in the blink of an eye. At least, that’s how it used to be.

After a summer of road works, motorists taking the familiar ramp down to the riverside drive have found themselves channeled into a single lane. The other one, closest to the water, having been converted into a two-way bike path. Tthe French capital’s very first express route for bicycles. Officially, the “voie express” for bikes opens in October, but the first cyclists have already begun racing along the 4-kilometre track between Boulogne and the Pont de Bir-Hakeim.

Source: France 24

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