Geovelo has produced an annual report on new cycle paths, in km and by region. His study also focuses on the number of parking spaces per 1,000 inhabitants. We take stock.
Geovelo is a mobile application that seeks to provide cyclists with the best possible route according to the cycling facilities present on their route. When configuring a route, this tool offers you three options, for example: the most balanced, the safest, or the most direct.
This service also has calculation and analysis tools, on which it was based to carry out a study on 12 regions of France. The idea: count the number of cycle lanes added between January 2022 and January 2023, to make a complete balance. His work also focuses on bicycle parking.
Great year 2022 from the Grand Orient
Before even going into details, it is worth dwelling on one point: Geovelo is talking about cycle paths here. However, bike lanes are considered an infrastructure in their own right within cycling facilities. There are also greenways, bike lanes or even two-way cycling routes.
The study does not specify whether only bike lanes have been taken into account here. It is undoubtedly an abuse of language to name the cycle installations as a whole.
Still, between January 2022 and January 2023, the region that installed the most bike lanes in kilometers is Grand Est: an additional 388 km, closely followed by Hauts-de-France (380 km) and Occitania (351 km). In terms of percentage increase, the top 3 are changing slightly.
In fact, Normandy is doing the best (+8.26%, from 3,240 to 3,507 km), closely followed by Hauts-de-France (8.23%, from 4,620 to 5,000 km) and Provence-Alpes -Costa Azul (+ 7.37%, from 1913 to 2054 km). In last position, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (+1.22%, from 3,598 to 3,611 km) is more timid.
A high density of slopes in Île-de-France
Another interesting fact is the density of cycle paths per 100 km2. Unsurprisingly, Île-de-France takes the lead with 38.7km of pistes, well ahead of Brittany (16.4km) and Hauts-de-France (15km). This region is logically boosted by the city of Paris, which has been transformed since Covid in terms of facilities.
The number of car parks is also part of the spectrum of the study, which places the Pays de la Loire in first place with 14.63 spaces per 1,000 inhabitants. Behind, Île-de-France is doing well with 14.27 places, ahead of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes with 12.66 places.
In Île-de-France, it will be interesting to see how this figure evolves by 2024, as the Paris City Council intends to add 10,000 temporary parking spaces to the level of the Olympic venues. Then, these places will be redistributed to sports centers, schools or municipal facilities.
The Seine-Saint-Denis department also plans to add 3,000 permanent parking spaces around the Stade de France, which should inflate future figures.
2023 placed under the sign of the bicycle
If these data allow us to get a good idea of the health of French cycling, they also and above all correlate with the use of the tracks registered in 2022. The annual report of Vélo & Territoires recorded an increase of 8%. , driven by urban areas where the number of tickets had increased by 10%.
At the national level, the State wants to maintain this momentum: for this reason it has announced a bicycle plan of 250 million euros specially allocated to the year 2023. On the program: build more and more roads and safe parking lots, but also develop a made in France bicycle industry.
In France, the bicycle has a great future ahead of it.
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