Strasbourg has been, for decades, France’s premier bicycle city among the larger cities in the country. There was little competition and, in the rest of the country, planners merely considered the city as “half-German”, with little transferable experience for other cities.
Things have changed, what with Paris, Bordeaux and Nantes making rapid progress. Strasbourg has responded well, as though intent on continuing to be the benchmark.
The city is the first one in France to reach a 16% modal share for bicycle commuting and there has been a 3% increase in the city centre.
The Velhop system has taken bike share to the next level and we’ve never seen a city with so many public bikes on the street - be it citizens using them for short or long term.
Like many cities, Strasbourg is planning a coherent network of “bicycle superhighways” with three ring routes and several radial routes to suburbs and neighbouring towns. They have also commissioned a modern visual identity and wayfinding for the VeloStras network to firmly establish the bicycle as a transport form that is equal to public transport.
Furthermore, the city is a main player in encouraging the use of cargo bikes for urban logistics with subsidies for citizens who are looking to buy them.
Like Utrecht and Amsterdam, Strasbourg’s primary challenge is settling on uniform infrastructure designs across the city. The City has been ahead of the curve for decades, but they have evolved in bits and pieces, using a variety of solutions. Upgrading their infrastructure to be intuitive and uniform will be the perfect compliment to their otherwise visionary bicycle urbanism plans.