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Paris to roll out 50km of cycle lanes to stop spread of Covid-19 on public transport

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is inviting Parisians to use their bikes to get around the capital rather than the city’s Metro or bus system to prevent a resurgence of Covid-19 infection during the eased down measures of deconfinement.

Paris to roll out 50km of cycle lanes to stop spread of Covid-19 on public transport
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As the French capital emerges from 55 days of lockdown and slowly moves towards a return to normality, one of the biggest concerns for city authorities is how they can limit crowds on public transport, especially during peak travel times.

There are already measures in place since May 11th such as a permission form being required for travel during rush hour, the mandatory use of face masks on all public transport and social distancing signs plastered everywhere.

But the risk of human error and infection still remains in the city with most Metro stations in Europe and where 1.53 billion Metro journeys were made in 2017.

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Paris City Hall has therefore decided its next goal should be to get Parisians on their bikes and off public transport with an ambitious bike plan that will add 50km of cycle paths in the city centre and 100km in the suburbs.

“All of those who can use a bike should do so,” Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo told BFM TV as she put the brakes on her bike and stopped for a quick interview.

Major Paris roads will be included in the scheme, some of which have already been equipped with cycle lanes and others that are due to be as the Vélo Île-de-France collective formalises the network.

These include Boulevard Saint-Michel and Rue Saint-Jacques, Avenue du Général Leclerc, the Etoile tunnel and Rue Saint-Antoine. Cycle paths will also be laid out along metro lines 1, 4 and 13.

The following map shows the updated network, with temporary cycle paths being considered in black, already confirmed temporary paths in light orange and pre-existing permanent lanes in dark orange. For the interactive version, click here.

Some roads such as Paris’s emblematic Rue de Rivoli will be reserved for pedestrians and bikes, with only authorised vehicles allowed to drive there.

Park-and-ride car parks have been made available at several entrances to Paris.

The map embedded in the tweet below shows the time it takes on different cycle paths throughout Paris. 

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COVID-19

Macron demands France take ‘protective measures’ against Covid rise in China

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked his government to take "protective measures" as China sees an explosion of Covid-19 cases. The EU was also set to meet on Thursday to discuss measures.

Macron demands France take 'protective measures' against Covid rise in China

Macron has made it clear he is following developments in China very closely and has asked his government to put in place appropriate measures.

Those measures were yet to be announced on Thursday morning but the French government could follow the path of Italy and impose all travellers from China to provide a negative Covid-19 test before arriving in the country.

The French government said it was “ready to study all the useful measures that could be implemented in conjunction with France’s European partners and within the legal framework that exists today”.

On August 1, 2022 France adopted new rules to combat Covid-19 after scrapping its state of emergency. The text gave the government the right – until January 31st 2023 – to require travellers aged 12 and over to present a negative Covid-19 test prior to entering the territory in the event of a “new variant likely to constitute a serious health threat.” 

In Brussels the European Commission was to hold a meeting on Thursday to “discuss possible measures for a coordinated approach” by EU states in response to the explosion of Covid-19 cases in China.

Italy said on Wednesday it was reinstating mandatory coronavirus tests for arrivals from China following an explosion in cases there, with Milan’s Malpensa airport finding around half of all passengers tested were positive.

Coronavirus infections have surged in China as it unwinds tight controls that had torpedoed the economy and sparked nationwide protests.

China on Monday scrapped quarantine for inbound travellers from January 8th onwards, dismantling the last remaining piece of its stringent zero-Covid policy and ending some of the world’s harshest border restrictions.

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