By Bike in Paris

For the past few years, the Paris administration has equipped main roads with bike tracks featuring white dotted lines and a bike image on the asphalt. On Sundays, many Paris roads are open only for bikers and rollers. You'd better have a free brochure, 100 km pour vivre Paris a velo or a RATP (Paris' transport network) guidebook.

In July, 2007 Paris launched a self-service bicycle transit system, Velib. By 2008 city bike rentals had totaled to 1,451 with 20,600 bikes. The service is for both Parisians and guests.

Riders can rent bikes for a 1-day (€1), weekly (€5) or an annual card (€29). After the free 1st half-hour by the access card, extra €1 is charged for the next half-hour, €2 for another 30 min and €4 for every next half-hour. Each Velib parking station has mini-meters to purchase 1 and 7-day passes, pay surcharges for a loose bike and inform on other station locations.

Annual card applications open from June 13 at Paris District city halls, 300 subway stations and 400 pastry shops. There're over 230 miles of cycling lanes in Paris.

Other bike rentals require a deposit into the bargain. RATP owns a rental chain, Roue Libre.

Roue Libre

Deposit is 150 euros, in case of theft you're charged 76 euros. Please reserve Sunday bikes in advance.

Weekdays: 7 euros per 1 day.
Weekend: 1 hour - 4 euros, 1/2 day = 10 euros.

Basic outlets

  • Forum des Halles (Metro Les Halles)
  • 120, Quai de Bercy

Mobile outlets (in summer and weekends)

  • Bois de Boulogne (Place de la Porte d'Auteuil, Metro Porte d'Auteuil)
  • Bois de Vincennes (Metro Chateau de Vincennes)
  • Place de L'Hotel de Ville (1, avenue Victoria, Metro Chatelet)
  • Canal de l’Ourcq (opposite 68, quai de la Loire, Metro Jaures, Stalingrad)