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An award-winning concept

The scheme has received many awards. Find out why Cyclocity has attracted the attention of juries.


Specialised teams

Maintenance personnel, technicians, mechanics… Cyclocity activities bring people together.


Benefits of the service

Find out how Cyclocity contributes to everybody’s well-being.


Who uses bikes in the city ?


In France, 25 million people use bikes to get around on a regular basis, and 10 million use them occasionally. 40% of users choose bike-sharing schemes, because they are quick and convenient : journey times rarely exceed 20 minutes (source: Fubicy).

Cyclists in France

“I come from Dunkirk, and even there we often talk about the Vélib [the bike-sharing scheme]. My friends and colleagues and I use them when we are in Paris. A service like Vélib’ really does encourage people to take up cycling …” Alexandre, aged 28, from Dunkirk

Bike users pay attention to their immediate surroundings and are more cautious on their journeys. They are more relaxed, less stressed than with other types of vehicle and enjoy greater freedom of movement. They can stop at any time and travel farther and more quickly than on foot.

Cycling also encourages social interaction on a daily basis as well as politeness; it provides a sense of belonging to a community, to a familiar place where one can exchange a few words, ask one’s way, get to know one another…

I use Cy’clics every day to travel to work or visit friends... Thanks to the bike, I discovered streets and small shops which I had never noticed when driving. What is also nice about Cy’clic is how we communicate with other users – we talk to each other and help each other… Antoine, aged 34, from Rouen

Road signs, cycle paths and tracks, 30 km/h zones, two-way cycle paths, safe crossroads, authorisations to turn right, bus lanes … the arrangements for cyclists are designed for their comfort and safety. They make it easier for different types of users (motorists, two-wheeled vehicle users, pedestrians…) to enjoy public space collectively.

All this is done with a view to ensure smooth traffic flow and transform short journeys in cars into journeys by bike.

Vélib’ users in Paris

The bike-sharing scheme is used by both men and women, with 60% of them aged between 26 and 45.

Short-term tickets (1-day or 7-day tickets) are mainly taken out by women (63%), contrary to annual ones, which are preferred by men (59%).

More than half of the annual subscribers have linked their subscription to their Navigo® pass (transport card). 27% of them use Vélib’ systematically to travel between home and work, 13% for work-related journeys, 10% to go shopping and 9% whenever they go out in the evening.

Thanks to Vélib’, 54% of users declare that they use their car less often and 18% say that with Vélib’ they make journeys they never used to without it.

According to 94% of those polled, Paris is a nicer place thanks to Vélib’, and 96% of them think that the service gives a positive image of the city.

On-line survey of 853 Vélib’ users, carried out by the TNS Sofres institute on 26 and 27 March 2009.