A new track reserved for cycling has just been created by the Urban Planning Department, linking Fontvieille to Port Hercule via the tunnel under the Rock. Leading onto the Quai Antoine 1er, it offers cyclists the possibility of joining Boulevard Albert 1er and the route to the swimming pool.
“Bicycles and Personal Displacement Vehicles (EDP), like electric scooters, are an increasingly popular means of transport in Monaco. They provide new solutions for getting around on a daily basis,” said Marie-Pierre Gramaglia.
In addition to existing bicycle paths, such as that on Princess Grace Avenue, bus lanes are now open to bicycles and electric scooters, representing 1.7 km throughout the Principality.
As a reminder, wearing a helmet is compulsory for all cyclists up to 18 years of age and highly recommended beyond. A helmet is also compulsory up to 18 years of age for electric scooters as well as the wearing of retro-reflective clothing or equipment.
Non-motorised personal transport equipment such as skateboards, rollerblades, scooters without a motor and bikes can circulate in various shared public spaces such as Place d’Armes, outside the opening hours of the Condamine market; the Promenade Honoré II; the Quai Albert 1er; Rue Princesse Caroline … or 2.4 km in total.
In terms of soft mobility, Monabike, the electrically assisted bicycle service, has enjoyed great success since its creation with an average frequentation of 1,200 uses per day and peaks of up to 1,600 uses per day.
After the 32 stations and 300 bikes installed last year and in accordance with the Monabike deployment roadmap, in a few days three new stations will be operational and eight more will be created in the autumn. Before the end of the year, Monabike users will have 43 stations at their disposal, nearly 400 bikes and more than 650 attachments.
Cycling has its place in the Principality and there is nothing to prevent its use on the streets of Monaco today.
Finally, it should be remembered that this gentle mobility is encouraged by State aid for the purchase of electrically assisted bicycles, at 30 percent of the price including tax, capped at 400 euros.
ORIGINAL SOURCE: Monaco Government Press Service PHOTO: Cyclists use the bus lane on rue Grimaldi