Trendy, eco-friendly and very accessible... Soft transport is the future!

As part of its plans to make the city both greener and cleaner, Lyon is championing alternative modes of transport for people to move around the city. 

 

Last updated date : 06/08/2020

Saddle up: cycling has never been easier in Lyon

Ride on the 670 km network of bicycle paths in the Greater Lyon area (1000 km in 2020). 

Always wondered where all the bike enthusiasts like to hang out? Look no further! Whether it’s to catch up with your cycling buddies, get your wheels fixed or hire equipment for your upcoming ride out to the country, make sure you pedal over to La Bicycletterie—the ideal place to bring your bike to refuel or purchase some brand new gear.

And if you want to take your time to enjoy a delicious breakfast or other tasty treat off the menu, you can relax knowing your beloved bicycle will be waiting safe and sound in the store’s personal bike store.

Other ressources

  • Lyon à vélo: find out all there is to know about biking around the city in our guide to cycling in Lyon!
  • The must-have for cyclists: download the cycle route map for the Grand Lyon area.
  • Cyclotourism: are you a cyclotourist? Jump on your saddle to find all the cyclist-friendly addresses around the city.

Vélo'V, I love! ... Lyon’s pioneer bicycle sharing scheme!

Greater Lyon has a bike rental service with over 4000 bikes available across 348 bicycle stations in Lyon, Villeurbanne, Caluire-et-Cuire, Bron, Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, Fontaines-sur-Saône, Tassin-la-Demi-Lune, La Mulatière, Oullins, Saint-Fons and Vaulx-en-Velin. This is a great way to get around and discover Lyon at very good rates!

Hop on or off whenever you want and feel the wind in your hair with Vélo'v—the best way to get about and explore Lyon for anyone who does not own a bike or has left theirs at home! 

Ticket options available - service available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day (from 14 years old).
For more info:  www.velov.grandlyon.com  

Also: Lyon Parc Auto car parks are partners with Vélo'v. Ask for special rates. Perfect if you want to drive into Lyon and rent a Vélo'v to travel about town—and the special prices make it even more appealing!

www.lpa.fr

e-bicycles: no sweat cycling pedalling around the streets of Lyon!

Riding an electric bicycle in a city like Lyon is a real pleasure. You can actually cycle uphill without getting hot and bothered!

Why not hire an electric bike to zip around Lyon that comes with extra oomph to help you up the city’s famous hills? 

Rent a bike and set off alone or with a guide, to make sure you don't miss anything. ‘
Sail’ along the quays of the Rhône, take a detour through the Parc de la Tête d'or, pedal from one hill to the other or discover the most stunning views of Lyon on an electric bike tour available to hire from our website Visit Lyon. You can even get to taste some great food (check out our food tours).

Alternative ways to see Lyon: the Cyclopolitain and tuk-tuk!

If you thought an electric bike was easy, try the Cyclopolitain!

Hop into one of our electric tricycles and let the driver do all the hard work as you explore Lyon's city centre from €2 a passenger. The original and comfortable way to travel!

Rickshaw rides are also available to see the sights of Lyon old town, the banks of the Rhône and the Saône, or the Confluence or Presqu'île areas of the city. If you're feeling in a playful mood, enquire about the treasure hunt!

For more information on unusual tours of Lyon

 

Segways, the most original way to travel!

If you are offered a Segway ride to visit the city, it probably doesn't mean anything to you. Yet, you've certainly seen these two-wheeled, electric personal transporters which are driven standing up and go wherever the rider wants—all you have to do is lean! Why not try it? It’s a nice and friendly way to get around.

You can also book Segway tours to discover Lyon’s highlights, perfect if you’re a foodie or want to explore the city’s hidden gems.

Com'hic Segway

Car sharing: a smart solution for visiting Lyon!

Did you know that, according to studies, one shared car replaces nine other cars in the city? With 257 vehicles in the Citiz and Yea! car-sharing schemes, there are some 2000 less cars on the road in the Lyon urban area!

Citiz boasts some 40 stations in the Lyon Metropole and Villefranche-sur-Saône areas while Yea! is a self-service car hire scheme with vehicles around Lyon and Villeurbanne.

Further information on Citiz and Yea 

Lyon by foot

What better way to soak up the city than by roaming around on foot? Just slip on a comfy pair of shoes and you’re all set to explore the lanes, alleys, riverbanks and other fascinating nooks and crannies that can be found all over Lyon.

Lyon is a pedestrian’s paradise with 20 km of car-free areas, 240 km of roads designated as ’30 zones’ and 138 km of greenways exclusively reserved for pedestrians and non-motorised traffic!
Take a stroll through the city’s very own ‘tube’, the longest pedestrian and cycle tunnel in Europe linking the Vaise neighbourhood to the 6th arrondissement. Or cross Pont Raymond Barre, the bridge connecting Confluence and Gerland that is exclusively reserved for soft modes of transport.
To save time, you can catch a metro, bus, tramway or funicular on the TCL network.

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