Vélo Liberté - Parisian Bike Culture

It's not even a year since the Vélib' bike share programme was introduced in Paris and the city has embraced bike culture quicker than you can drink a post-dinner espresso.


Not just the Vélib' bikes, but bikes of all kinds grace the streets. They mostly use the existing bus lanes but there are many segregated bike lanes.


The most amazing thing is that all sorts of people ride. Men and women and kids. Young and old.


Even more amazing is that the traffic - normally a witchs' cauldron of automotive hell - are dealing with it. The cars stop for the bikes. The cyclists watch for the cars. It's splendid to see a big city like Paris making it happen.

  • Nicholas Buccalo 4y

    I would like to use this image on my blog, if you don't mind, with also a slight cropped size. You can view it here: knowthefundamentals.wordpress.com/bikes/
    If you would rather I not use it please let me know and I'll take it off. Thanks Mikael, this photo is exactly what I was looking for as it relates well to my topic on Bike Safety. Regards.
  • mkfab 4y

    I think we dont live in the same Paris.

    Most of car drivers are so stupid with bicycle. This morning i was on my bike lane and a other guy was on the street and a stupid old woman driver dont stop to klaxon him.

    At the and the bicycle lane go on the road and i ask the driver " What is your problem ?"

    " The bike as to be on the bike lane !!!! " ...

    No the bike lane is optional, in Bois de boulogne there is so many sheet on the grown that if you have slick tires its very dangerous.

    Paris as a lot of effort to be a good city bike.
  • Colville-Andersen 4y

    Use the bike lane.
    Get better tires.
    Enjoy the ride.
  • Colville-Andersen 4y

    SimpleTwig: sure thing. just like the photo back to this page.
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