PEDALLING ACROSS PARIS

Rows of vélos at a vélib\' station near Les Halles, waiting to be hired.

VÉLOS AT A VÉLIB' STATION NEAR LES HALLES.

Here’s a way to shift the excess French pastries from your hips !
On yer bike !

Vélib’ (vélo libre = free bike) is a system operating all over central Paris. There are 1,450 vélib’ stations (one every 300m) dotted around Paris with altogether 20,000 handsome sturdy bikes. It’s 1 Euro to subscribe for 1 day and the first 30mins are free. Charges accumulate after every 30minutes.

So you can pick up a vélo from 1 station, whiz around for 29minutes and click it back into place at another station – all for free.

To make it easy, Paris has dedicated cycle lanes all over the place and on Sundays the left bank of The Seine is closed off to traffic to let cyclists ride along, untroubled by cars.

HUGH & HIS VÉLO ON PONT DE GRENELLE WITH DR WHO TYPE CLOUD OVER THE TOUR EIFFEL

HUGH & HIS VÉLO ON PONT DE GRENELLE WITH DR WHO TYPE CLOUD OVER THE TOUR EIFFEL