Many years ago Joke Radius discovered that cycling in Paris is the best way to see the town. He used this method so often that he wrote and published a cycling guide, full of pictures of very special places and undiscovered parts of the town. For skating and skateboarding, read “ ”
Joke would like to let everyone know that his cycling guide is available at ‘Paris à vélo, c’est sympa’. He has not yet translated and published an English version, but if your French is “oké“, look at the Paris cycling guide in French (on the Paris à vélo Web site) or for the Dutch version (Parijs per fiets) .
‘Paris à vélo, c’est sympa’ likes the guide so much that they carry both versions in the store!
Paris Rando Velo – Free bike ride through Paris
Bring your own bike and you are welcome to join other cyclists every Friday evening for a bike ride through the Paris streets.
Meet at 9:30 p.m. at the Hôtel de Ville.
They usually meet the third Sunday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in front Hôtel de Ville.
In extreme cases, the Sunday date may change to Saturday. If you are staying at a hotel, ask the concierge to send an email. In case of rain and slippery streets, the randonnée (bike tour) will be cancelled. They may shut down during part of August for vacation.
If you live in the United States, you know that it has been impossible to rent a Velib’ bike. Your credit card lacks the smart chip.
Now, you can subscribe on line using your credit card instead of the “borne”. The When you know your period of staying in Paris and what to use the system.
Read about the rental system in English. Click on the British flag to download the instructions. The first thirty minutes are free. Your credit card will be debited one euro if you keep the bike longer than the first half hour. The penalty will increase to two euros when you have exceeded one hour total. If you are an hour and a half late, four euros, and so on.
Velib’ Stations are located on the Velib’ Web site. In addition, you can download a Velib’ map http://en.velib.paris.fr/Stations-in-Paris/Stations-in-Paris or you may buy a map at various book stores.
Bike route maps are available to download and print. Scroll down and click on the words ” Consulter le plan Paris à vélo, le bon plan”.
Fat Tire Bike Tours – Paris
24, rue Edgar Faure, 15th arrondissement
Metro: Dupleix – 01 56 58 10 54
guided tours of Paris (day and night)
Where to rent a bike in Paris
We rented bikes, took them on the train for a day trip to Moret-sur-Loing, south of Fontainebleau. I can recommend:
Paris à vélo, c’est sympa (guided tours, rentals and sales)
22, rue Alphonse Baudin (telephone: 01 48 87 60 01)
Paris Bike Tour – bike rentals and tours
Guided tours in French, English and German with licensed guides
13 rue Brantôme – 75003 Paris- Metro Rambuteau (Quartier de l’Horloge and Centre George Pompidou)
T: +33-(0)1 42 74 22 14
Open times: 9H30 – 13H30 / 14H30 – 18H30
“Un cycliste Parisien/A Parisian Cyclist”
Blogging about cycling – Blog in French and English!
Paris à vélo, c’est sympa! (Paris on a bike; it’s fun!) – Web site in English
22, rue Alphonse Baudin 75011
01 48 87 60 01 –
Tours in French and English; Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish upon request. – I recommend Paris Velo if you want to rent a bike for the day.
Their themes: Heart of Paris, Paris Nocturne (evening), Unusual Paris, Paris Contrasts, Paris at dawn, Day-long tours.
We rented a bike on a Saturday morning and took them with us on the train for a day trip on the outskirts of Paris. The rental costs and the train tickets may make renting a car a better deal.
Bike rental in the Bois de Boulogne
Paris Cycles rents bikes for adults and children for your visit to the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes.
When you take the Line No. 1, exit the metro at Les Sablons (front of the train), walk along the Boulevard des Sablons to the roundabout. You will see the bikes to the left and the Jardin d’Acclimatation will remain on your right.
You leave a piece of identification and take off through 25 km of forest.
Many of the trees were destroyed by the storm of 1999 (la tempête à 1999 – the same that took out many of the trees at Versailles) and since 2001 are being replanted. The Bois de Boulogne began as a royal hunting ground in the 600s. It was ceded to the State in 1848 and to the city of Paris in 1852.
For the latest rates visit the Paris Cycles Web site. They are available between April 15 and October 16 every year from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and school holidays between 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
It is hard to see the park in an hour so count at least 4 hours and maximum 8 hours.