A good way to get around in a city is on a bike. In the Netherlands in the city center the best way to get from A to B is by bike. In Amsterdam it is amazing to see how many people take the bike to work or study. Therefore it isn’t strange the Dutch know how to deal with the heavy traffic of cars, trams and busses.
In most other large European cities like London, Paris and Rome the use of bikes in the city first started some 20 years ago. In the beginning it was a real adventure to take a bike into town!
Personally I remember cycling in Paris on the Champs Élysées and the roundabout of the Arc de Triumph in the nineties! A very special experience…
However over the last 10 years biking in Paris has become much easier and safer. Some 400 kilometers of cycle lanes have already been constructed and some roads are made car free on Sunday.
The major of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, is planning to restrict the car traffic (and with it reduce the air pollution) and to encourage to use of bikes at the same time. A budget of 150 million euros is reserved in order to make this happen for the period 2015-2020. Of this amount 63 million will be spent on the extension of the bicycle lane network. This means that in 2020 some 1400 km of cycle track should pass through Paris.
On the 8-day Cycling & Sailing Holiday ‘Living the Seine River’ , your HAT Tours cycle guide will safely lead the way to take you to your floating hotel ‘Clair de Lune’.