“Come and admire” is the slogan created by the City of Paris for this amazing new 3.3km-long park along the Seine’s river banks. A great spot for bikers and flâneurs:
We can always find a new reason to fall in love for Paris. Last week la ville lumière just got another one. A huge one: the Parc Rives de Seine is a 3.3km-long park that follows the Seine River, from Place de la Bastille to the Eiffel Tower!
Imagine a route free from cars, crowded with people and bikes. Large tables are set for picnics. 500m2 of climbing plants decorate the walls. 1200m2 of grass are waiting for you to rest & enjoy the upcoming summer. Add an organic restaurant to this, a café with occupational-integration employees and playgrounds made with recycled furniture. That’s the recipe for a perfect spot in Paris to enjoy the sunny days by feet or by bike.
Parc Rives de Seine is the result of a 15-year struggle to bring that area back to Parisians and tourists who love Paris best and most poetic activity: se promener et flâner. In other words: to walk around the city streets without aim, discovering its hiden secrets, its last street-art works on the walls, or connecting with nature alongside the river.
Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo keeps following her plan to give the streets back to pedestrians and bikes. “We are not against cars, we are against pollution!” she said on the inauguration day.
As a Go Bike Paris partner, I’m more than thrilled with this news! Not only I will be able to spend time on the Parc Rives de Seine myself all year long (Sorry, I ain’t sorry) but more importantly, all our beloved clients will enjoy this amazing scenery during our Midnight in Paris by Bike tour, as we will ride through a segment of the river bank from Musée d’Orsay to the triumphal Pont Alexandre III.
Quoting Madame Anne Hidalgo once again : “Vive la vie, vive Paris et vive la respiration!”. And I would add : vive le vélo, long live to the bikes!
To discover this area and even more, come bike with us in our original city tours.
Photographic sources : Jean Baptiste Gurliat – Mairie de Paris / Charles Platieu – Reuters