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Bordeaux wants to use increases in cycling to help it face climate issues and other global environmental challenges

About Bordeaux

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Bordeaux metropolitan area is centred on the city of the same name, which lies on the Garonne river in southwestern France. A regular high scorer in surveys on places to live and work, Bordeaux is flat with an oceanic and mild climate. The city environment is very green, something enriched by well-preserved historic buildings. Over the last 15 years, four new tram lines have been built; these have helped open up the streets to cyclists and pedestrians and reduce car use.

Main cycling challenges

In 2017, Bordeaux was ranked as the “sixth most cycling-friendly city in the world” in the Copenhagenize Index. Its next steps are to continue to build on the strong political will that has been generated and go beyond its initial traffic calming measurse. Advances in cycling need to be embedded in all infrastructure projects across the city as action continues to modernise its public spaces.


Population icon
750,000 Population
Amount of cyclists icon
12k/day Amount of cyclists
(on busiest route)
Car ownership rate icon
619 Car ownership rate
(cars per 1000 residents)
City area<
570 km² City area
Length of cycle network icon
673 km Length of cycle network


Cycling solutions

Bordeaux is pursuing the full range of cycling measures available, ranging from refining its design standards and developing its cycling facilities to improving its monitoring systems.

Mentor: Amsterdam



Florent Coignac

Bordeaux Métropole 
Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle 
33045 Bordeaux Cedex

fcoignac [at]

+33 5 56 46 80 40

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This project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement no 769177.

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