Paris bike program launches guide for English-speakers

Paris-bound tourists looking to hit the streets like the locals are now being offered an English version of the city's cycling guide, which includes biking itineraries and maps of the city’s bike paths.

The 144-page guide for the city’s Vélib program will be made available in major English-language markets around the world including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa beginning July 17. The book will also be sold in stores around France.

The English version is being released on the Vélib’s six-year anniversary.

Since its creation in 2007, the Vélib has become the biggest bike-sharing system in the world, with 20,000 bikes available for loan, and 1,800 bike stations spanning the city every 300 meters.

The city boasts 700 km of bike lanes. Included in the Vélib guide are biking itineraries that take cyclists on a scenic tour of city neighborhoods such as Montmartre, Batignolles and the Aligre market.

Meanwhile, Dutch cycling consultancy group Copenhagenize gives Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Utrecht, Netherlands top marks for being the most bike-friendly cities in the world.



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