Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Making your way around Paris on a bike

Finding yourself in a new city with very little time, you need to know how to get around and sometimes a little faster than you would normally if you were there for a week.

This weekend in Paris, we had one really hot and sunny day so we slowly strolled around the whole of Paris taking in the sights.  On the Sunday we had a little bit of rain and the air was cooler, so we took advantage of the bikes that you can hire (something similar to the Borris Bikes in London).

So we took off on an adventure around the city on the bikes, with the aim of finding the Arc Du Triumph and we did pretty well.

Here are some snaps of our adventures around the city...

Me on my (velib') bike walking through the Lourve

Kayleigh and Tom's lock

Love lock bridge

Eiffel Tower

Arc Du Triumph

Eiffell Tower, the Champs Elysee and Arc du Triumph
 The bikes are so easy to rent too.  All you need to do is follow these steps...
  1. Click on this link and sign up entering your email and personal pin code.
  2. Pay by card (the bikes cost £2.34 in total for the day)
  3. Confirm the payment  
Once you have confirmed your payment, you will be sent your email code for a bike.  Screen shot this to your phone, as you will need it to get your bike out from one of the stations.

You can get a bike out from any station you want, you just need to find somewhere that has some bikes availible and find the main machine, which looks like this.

  1. When you get to the machine, press the number 2 and 2 again.  This will take you back to the main screen again, but you will be able to read everything in English now, instead of French.
  2. Now you need to select number one
  3. Next it is time to find your unique code and pin again on your phone
  4. Enter the unique code
  5. Press enter and then enter your pin
  6. You will then be asked to pick a number of a bike
  7. Enter the number bike that you want
  8. You will then need to make your way over to the bike and press your finger to the button next to it
  9. The bikes are very easy to remove, by just pulling them.  So if you are having some trouble, make sure they are locked back in place and find a new bike
  10. When placing your bike back, the light should turn white on the bike lock and then return to normal again (if not it hasn't worked)
I hope this all helps.  But if you have any questions, pop them in below and I will get back to you.  Likewise if you have any other tips and suggestions of ways to make your way around Paris


  1. I love Paris. I really like that big cities are urging tourists & residents to use public transit or bikes. This is a fun way to explore & do something different! :] // ☼ ☯

    1. I know it is amazing! I jumped on the boris bikes in london this weekend too - highly recommended :)