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EXHIBITION PRESENTED FROM 1 JUNE TO 29 SEPTEMBER 2024 Under the direction of Clément Dusong, Doctor of Spatial and Urban Planning, Université Paris-Est

Paris is now regarded as one of the world's cycling capitals. In 2024, according to a study by the Institut Paris Région, 11.2% of journeys in the capital would be made by bicycle, compared with 4.3% by car. This situation is the culmination of a long history in Greater Paris, with a significant acceleration in the use of bicycles in recent years.

The exhibition À Vélo, Paris Métropole 1818-2030 traces the development of cycling and its social and urban impact.

Over the centuries, the uses of bicycles have continued to evolve. From the world's first demonstration of a draisienne in Paris in 1818 to a more widespread form of bourgeois pleasure from the mid-19th century, cycling became more popular between the wars, before becoming a symbol of political ecology from the 1970s onwards. For almost 20 years, public initiatives, driven by a structured movement of associations, have accompanied an increasingly visible growth in the use of bicycles in Paris. While the issues and imaginations surrounding cycling are reinvented with each passing period, a study of cycling practices in the past reveals the common threads that run through its history, as well as the singularities of each era.

Through a rich selection of historic bicycle models, original maps, posters, films and photographs, the exhibition looks back over two centuries of history to explore cycling practices of the past and present, and to offer some perspectives.
Successive recent crises have given new meaning to cycling, which is one of the solutions to environmental, economic and health challenges. The long history of cycling in Paris continues as we build a more ecological, practical and user-friendly model for the city.


Exhibition presented from 1 June to 29 September 2024

Under the direction of Clément Dusong, Doctor of Spatial and Urban Planning, Université Paris-Est

Around the exhibition
This summer, saddle up and head for the Pavillon de l'Arsenal to discover the exhibition À Vélo, Paris Métropole 1818-2030 and its activities: 
- a festive inauguration on the evening of the Nuit Blanche on 1 June 2024 ;
- a screening followed by discussion at the Cinéma Majestic Bastille on the theme of cycling as a working tool;
- events and workshops to discover the variety of ways to use a bicycle;
- guided tours and meetings;
- a publication based on the exhibition, on sale in the bookshop and on our website.