He took advantage of the postponement of the move, scheduled for January 1, 2022, with a sense of relief. This Thursday morning, Sarah (name changed) had to get used to it. This bank employee, who works in the center of Paris but lives in its northern suburbs, has to choose between taking public transport or continuing to take his motorbike, even if it means paying for parking.
This Thursday 1er September, the use of two wheels in the capital moved to a dimension that until now was unknown in almost all French municipalities: the paid parking. Regardless of its displacement, a two-wheeler with a thermal engine (electric two-wheelers are exempt from the measure), therefore has to pay to park.
As with cars, many prices are given. Residential parking near a person’s home therefore costs €0.75 per day or €4.5 per week provided that the annual subscription of €22.50 has been taken. On the other hand, parking in another zone will be priced from 2 to 3 € per hour depending on the district. In fact, Paris is divided into two zones, the most expensive corresponding to the first 11 arrondissements, from the center, the least expensive to the other nine.
Already over 10,000 subscription requests
More professional fees are also available, such as monthly subscriptions to some underground car parks. Note that online registration on a dedicated platform is required. As for the fines in case of non-payment, they range between €25 and €37.5, also depending on the zone.
A few days before the implementation of the measure, more than 10,000 requests will be satisfied according to the City, the majority for residential parking lots. “This is a controversial move, many people are not happy, identified to AFP that David Belliard, the deputy for mobility and the transformation of public space in the town hall of Paris. But there are also many people waiting for this step. »
According to him, these devices “that takes up space in public space, that makes noise, and that pollutes” benefit from an exemption regime. For Town Hall, also answer questions on ” climate and public health issues”.
42,000 specific areas
One of the goals of this small revolution is also to push people who go to Paris to abandon their cars in favor of public transportation. According to the Town Hall, 100,000 machines pass by every day, while about 42,000 specific places are dedicated to them (1). In any case, the news makes some users afraid of a new influx of travelers in networks that are already saturated at peak times.
Some of the users are now, if not angry, to say the least angry. Others point to the amount of prices that they consider disproportionate to the surface occupied by their two-wheelers, three to four times lower than that of a car. Some believe that the measure will punish those who cannot afford to live in Paris and, in any case, will weigh on many budgets at a time when inflation threatens purchasing power…
Others, on the contrary, rejoiced. “It is a measure of fairness between different users of motor vehicles” it was accepted as a resident of 11e district railing against motorcycles and scooters parked on sidewalks. “With any luck, this will clear the ranks of the machines that pass through the streets, which will change their engines,” he added.
Boom in electric scooters and motorcycles
Others can in any case hope for good deals. They specialize in electric scooters or motorcycles because these machines are free of charge. Their sales have been growing steadily for several years, but some observers predict a surge in purchases despite purchase prices higher than internal combustion engines.
Paris is not the first city to cross the Rubicon of paid parking for two wheels. Charenton-le-Pont and Vincennes, two towns in Val-de-Marne in the suburbs of Paris, have been on this path for many years. But the adoption of such a capital scale may include other French metropolises in the coming years.