Cycle paths of the Parisian canals

Cycling near Paris : the canal de l'Ourcq

The Parisian canals are the water lanes to follow if your plan is to pedal along the capital city and a bit futher to discover the splendid sceneries of the regions's best green areas. These traffic-free towpaths are the guarantee to have a relaxing ride along the water on your bike.

The cycle routes in and near Paris are a perfect way to explore the territory with your family and friends by day or by night on well-maintained and signeposted paths. You will be free to ride along the Ourcq canal or canal Saint-Denis or else to go through the Parc de La Courneuve for instance!

Be careful: Over weekends the bike roads can be incredibly crowded, as the park is shared with scores of pedestrians and dog walkers.

Bike rental

Rent point near the Canal de l'Ourcq - 38 bis quai de la Marne (19th)- AICV - Telephone: 01 43 43 40 74

To hire all type of bikes for adults and children:

  • During winter:  openings from Tuesday to Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm (1st of November - spring)
  • During summer: openings from Tuesday to Sunday between 10 am and 6 pm (closed on rainy Sundays)
  • During school holidays: Every day between 10 am and 6 pm

Cost (2016): 4-5¤ for one hour and about 10¤ for half a day and 15-18¤ for a day (you need your ID and a guarantee cheque of 150¤ per bike)

You can also use the Parisian bike rental system called "Vélib" which proposes passes from 1 to 7 days for prices that go from 5¤ to 15¤. You will then be able to take a bike (electrical or not) off a station and ride as far as you want (as long as you put it back on a station afterwards)!

Example of cycling routes

10 more Paris region cycling tours

Bicycle tours in Parc de La Courneuve

Distance: 10 km - 6 miles
Duration: 1h
Useful and practical information: 10 km of cycle path crisscross the bucolic scenery of Georges Valbon La Courneuve Park.

Cycling tours can start right from the entrance of the park. Here, La Maison du Parc (the park administration on-site office) provides the best bike rental services: If you want to try something new and fun, you can choose to ride a tandem bicycle or even order small quad-cycle for four or large and very large quad-cycle for six to eight people.

Paris-London Avenue verte for bike lovers

The Paris-London route called Avenue verte London-Paris is a must-do in the list of bicycle addicts who are visiting Paris. You'll live an unforgettable experience all while having great exercise for your body. Following this cycle route that links Paris to London is the guarantee to mix visits and sport!

La petite reine is the best nickname French people could give to one of their favorite transport: Bike. The country of Tour de France is also known for it's rich heritage. For instance, the medevial town of Saint Denis shelters the Basilica of Saint Denis in which you can find many traces of the French monarchy and the Revolution. The best plan you can make for sunny days is to combine culture and sport pleasures, so don't hesitate anymore.

A few kilometres away, visit the Stade de France that hosts the greatest sport contests and concerts during which over one and a half million spectators support their icons every year.

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