The Itinéraires Paris-Piétons-Vélos-Rollers – scenic strips of the city that are closed to cars on Sundays and holidays – continue to multiply; www.paris.fr can provide an up-to-date list of routes and a downloadable map of cycle lanes. A free Paris à Vélo map can be picked up at any mairie or from bike shops. Cycle lanes (pistes cyclables) run mostly N-S and E-W. N-S routes include rue de Rennes, av d’Italie, bd Sébastopol and av Marceau. E-W routes take in the rue de Rivoli, bd St-Germain, bd St-Jacques and av Daumesnil. You could be fined (€22) if you don’t use them. Cyclists are also entitled to use certain bus lanes (especially the new ones, set off by a strip of kerb stones); look out for traffic signs with a bike symbol.
Don’t let the locals’ blasé attitude to helmets and lights convince you it’s not worth using them. Be confident and keep moving – and look out for scooter-mounted bag-snatchers.
Bike insurance may not cover theft.
Freescoot 63 quai de la Tournelle, 5th (01.44.07.06.72, www.freescoot.com). Mº Maubert Mutualité or St-Michel. Open 9am-1pm, 2-9pm daily; closed Sun Oct-mid Apr. Credit AmEx, MC, V. Bicycles & scooters. Other locations 144 bd Voltaire, 11th (01.44.93.04.03).
Maison Roue Libre 1 passage Mondétour, 1st (01.44.76.86.43, 08.10.44.15.34, www.rouelibre.fr). Mº Châtelet. Open 10am-6pm daily. Credit MC, V (weekends only). Bicycles. Other locations 37 bd Bourdon, 4th (01.42.71.54.54).