September 14th 2018, Prime minister Edouard Philippe launched a “plan vélo” to be implemented in 2019. What is a “plan vélo”? An ambitious political strategy to increase the power of bike in the French population.
The objective of the plan is to increase the % of people using their bike everyday to commute from 3% to 9% in 2024.
How do they want to do so? Here are main ideas.
1) increase the number of bike lanes and overall create a more friendly environment for cyclists in cities
2) reduce bike theft encouraging bike marking and creating more secured bike parks
3) propose tax incentives to individuals and companies when buying bikes and ebikes
4) develop a biking culture in France, starting with kids and promoting huge value added of biking regularly.
This plan is clearly ambitious. Money the French government is planning to invest in this plan seems relevant comparing to their expectations (we talk about 500 millions euros). So we’re all happy about this good news and wish this plan the best possible success!