The collective envisions “large, comfortable lanes” so that cyclists can “ride without question, without danger, over long distances”, explains Charles Maguin, President of Paris in the Saddle, an association that encourages cycling now part of the Vélo Île-de-France collective.
— Le Parisien Infog (@LeParisienInfog) August 4, 2019
“The problem with cycle lanes is that they often stop at the administrative limits,” he adds.
“The aim of this collective is to go beyond the logic of the communes.”
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe pointed out the “discontinuity on the bike lane maps” in a speech last year in Nantes, and spoke about how this “creates insecurity and discourages people from cycling.” In France, bike lane construction is not a national but a local responsibility, which often leads to inconsistencies.
“For the moment, there is no real map established”, Vincent Degove, project manager, told Le Parisien. “The one we shared was mainly there to present the project and to encourage members to make proposals in their zone.”
Dévoilement du futur #RERV par @vincevlo: le Réseau Express Régional Vélo de @iledefrance. Ce réseau, élaboré par les associations de notre collectif, sera présenté à @vpecresse et @beaudetstephane à l’automne pour concétiser l’identité et l’efficacité vélo de IdF! pic.twitter.com/ZEc0v1uaxP
— Collectif Vélo Île-de-France (@VeloIdF) June 28, 2019
There has been a 12.5 percent increase in bike accidents over the last twelve months in Paris, including a record 147 cyclists wounded in just three months, and so the new cycle network also aims to improve bike safety.
Asked on Twitter by the collective, Valérie Pécresse, President of the Regional Council of Île-de-France, said she was “interested in the proposal of RER V” but has yet to confirm this officially.
Intéressée par la proposition d’un #RERV, Réseau Express Régional Vélo pour l’Ile-de-France j’attends de pouvoir en parler directement avec @VeloIdF @beaudetstephane @gdelasteyrie https://t.co/vwY1zGTdGV
— Valérie Pécresse (@vpecresse) June 29, 2019
The project would support the French government’s plans to triple the number of cycling commuters in France in the next six years, up to 9 percent by 2024, as currently, only 3 percent of workers in France commute by bike, whilst 70 percent take the car.
The government plans to invest €350 million in cycling infrastructure over the next seven years. This includes ensuring more two-way bike traffic on one-way streets, and introducing cycling lessons in all secondary schools by 2022.
There will also be financial incentives in a bid to encourage bike commuting, with civil servants set to receive a 200 euro per year tax-free incentive for cycling to work.
The plans follow the increased restrictions on cars in the French capital, where diesel cars made earlier than 2006 have now been banned from the French capital on weekdays.