Will the little queen become the star of the city? In recent weeks, the bicycle has gradually become the ideal alternative to public transport in times of coronavirus. “ The bicycle is a tool which makes it possible to respond to the level of mobility to this serious and unforeseen crisis. In a few weeks, communities are aware of the limits of public transport and that the massive use of cars will congest the city. So the only solution is the bike “, Analyzes Olivier Schneider president of the French Federation of Bicycle Users (FUB).
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Before you can take the 2,000 km of temporary cycling facilities that have been created throughout France over the past ten days, it is essential to check the condition of your bike.
Get a boost to hit the road
If certain cities, such as Rouen, offer bonuses for the purchase of a new bicycle, it is also possible to receive assistance to restart the old bicycle which has not ridden for a long time. Financed by the State and piloted by the FUB, the platform “Bike boost” thus supports up to € 50 of repairs. No need to register, just go to one of the repairers listed on the platform. Individual assistance is not limited to a single bike, you can have several bikes repaired, within reason of course.
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Another government initiative, the sustainable mobility package entered into force on Monday 11 May. It allows voluntary companies to pay up to € 400 per year per employee for ” travel expenses of their employees on their home-to-work journey made with alternative modes to the private car »Can be read on the website of the ministry of ecological and solidarity transition. Alternative modes of transport including cycling.
Victims of their success, repairers are often overwhelmed and the queues get longer. To save yourself this waiting time, you can subscribe to participatory and supportive workshops and thus repair your means of transport yourself. Finally, there are many tutorials on the Internet to perform routine checks.
Queue outside a bike shop today. Last week, sales were multiplied by 10 compared to the historical average (source: Les Nouveaux Cyclistes) pic.twitter.com/v8Nf2kbzyh
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In any case, before giving the first pedal strokes, it is essential to check the condition of your brakes. “ It is a top priority to be able to be safe on your bike Recalls Olivier Schneider of the FUB. Slightly deflated tires or a slightly seized chain are not a short-term problem, they will just make the cyclist’s thighs work more, notes the specialist.
Relearn how to change gear
Once your bike is in good working order, you must now learn to ride again. If riding a bicycle is not to be forgotten as the popular saying goes, it is not the same for traffic, especially in urban areas. To get back in the saddle, “Bike Help” will offer an hour-long support session with an instructor to relearn how to use the little queen. You will have to wait until Monday, May 18 to be able to register for free with partner training institutions.
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A guide to good practice will also be published on this site with answers to concrete questions such as the correct placement of a lock to secure your bike. ” If the front wheel is just attached, the rest of the bicycle can be stolen very easily “Thus recalls Olivier Schneider
Generally in town, the most important thing is not to have your head in the handlebars and to seek visual contact with other road users. ” For cyclists, it is important to see but above all to be seen to warn others of our presence Explains Olivier Schneider.
For the route, no need to know a radius
Cycling does not necessarily mean following the same route as that used by car or public transport. In France, more than 50,000 kilometers of cycle paths are already present throughout the territory, and many cities like Paris or Montpellier are multiplying the establishment of new paths at the start of deconfinement. It remains only to find them.
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Child’s play with the app Geovelo which offers several routes for the same route, indicating each time the percentage of lanes fitted for cycling, specifies the elevation or the number of calories burned. For its part, the application Citymapper offers cyclists three types of cycling routes: “normal”, “calm” and “fast”. Both take into account the transitional cycle paths set up by the municipalities.