bordeaux, france

  • Bordeaux - The Copenhagenize Index
  • Bordeaux - The Copenhagenize Index
  • Bordeaux - The Copenhagenize Index
  • Bordeaux - The Copenhagenize Index
  • Bordeaux - The Copenhagenize Index
  • Bordeaux - The Copenhagenize Index

Bordeaux, France

8.The Lowdown
Bordeaux retains its place in the Top 20 this time round, but they drop three spots to #8. The city came out of nowhere and started giving Strasbourg a run for their money as one of the best cities for cycling in France. Some of the momentum that pushed Bordeaux up the list last time is still around, but the city seems to have geared down a bit. What the city has achieved in the past few years is still remarkable. A firm investment in infrastructure and facilities have given Bordeaux a brilliant bicycle urbanism boost. Bordeaux continues to take bicycle transport seriously. The city's investment in several tram lines has, of course, helped boost cycling by providing a traffic calming effect. Bordeaux's bike share system VCub rolls on and Bordeaux is still focused on marketing cycling to the mainstream as opposed to the sub-cultures through effective advocacy. A great gender split rounds off a respectable score.

The Region
Bordeaux enjoys a firm place in the region. Both San Sebastian, across the border, and Toulouse feature in the Top 40, but Bordeaux' ranking isn't under threat on a regional level any time soon.

The Fixes
The rapid success of Bordeaux as a cycling city has waned slightly. A great baseline has been established but lacks the focus on taking it further. Connecting up the network with better infrastructure and continuing to traffic calm the city are obvious steps for City Hall to consider. With other French cities getting their game face on, Bordeaux has every reason to take a leadership role.