Who are we?
VELO LONGCHAMP is an association of cyclists for cyclists
Initially, we have put forward the project of refurbishing the cycling ring of Longchamp as part of Parisian participative budget for 2020. This act was successful as it was selected and has resulted in funding being allocated (500 K€ pre-funded)! Our first mission is to follow this project so that up keeping is quickly acted upon and meets the needs of cyclists.
Our vision is wider and could be described as follows: Protect and promote the Longchamp cycling ring so that each of us can cycle in the best conditions.
Thus, we are actively involved in various projects such as the development of cycling for young people or the support of disabled sport activities. As the area is protected from road traffic, the ring is particularly suitable for the training of athletes with disabilities.
Thanks to the membership of hundreds of cyclists and various local sport clubs, we are proud to have amongst us all cyclist profiles and cycling activity without distinction of age, gender, level or even the type of bike! For example, we have practitioners who use tandem (some visually impaired or blind) or of recumbent bikes.
Why an association Vélo Longchamp?
The Longchamp cycling ring is one of those rare and precious places where you can ride at your own pace, being safe and protected from cars. In fact, according to Strava, it is by far the most used bike segment in France. It is thus an essential sport site!
Like the Vincennes ring (Polygon), Longchamp cycling ring has become a real institution for sporty cyclists in Paris and nearby cities. Hundreds of amateur cyclists (or even professionals) train there daily as well as many hikers and runners who run in the opposite direction of those biking on the inside pavement.
But as years pass, the conditions are worsening: damaged surfaces, road markings erased, falling or missing road signs, frequent conflicts of use with cars parked or leaving and accessing the hippodrome, lack of consultation with other users. It is time to redevelop the cycling ring so that we and the next generations can ride in perfectly safe and comfortable conditions.
Secure the cycling ring
Improve the comfort of the ring
Represent all the sport activities around the ring
Consult with the other users
Define and remind the best practices on cycling safety
Drive the largest number of people to come to the ring
Preserve the ring
Actively follow up on the refurbishment project of the ring initiated by the participative budget for 2020 of the city of Paris, to give it priority and make sure the cyclists' demands are taken into account
Collect demands and priorities for all sport activities around the ring (beginners, disability sport, clubs, peloton, triathletes, runners and others)
Represent the cyclists of Longchamp to the public authorities and private operators which manage and operate the site (city of Paris and its services, town hall for the XVIth arrondissement, Prefecture of Paris, France Galop, Golf ParisLongchamp, festival Solidays, festival Lollapalooza, Cirque of Paname, etc.)
Define the good behaviour rules for all users of the site (cyclists, drivers, pedestrians, runners, workers, receptionists, etc.)
Organise events to promote the ring of Longchamp (trainings, initiation, competitions, etc.)
Introduce begginers (children and adults) to cycling and by creating a dedicated area for initiation. Support local club schools for 5-18 years old young people
Monitor the durability of the site by following all operations that could impact its future (renegociation of agreements for user of the hippodrome)