On the first day of meetings with the Paris 2012 bid team, the IOC Evaluation Commission, headed by Nawal
El Moutawakel, studied Paris’s existing public transport system and the new planned
upgrades that would improve access for people with impaired mobility, should Paris
win the bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The upgrades to the transport system, already widely recognized for its efficiency, are part of Paris 2012’s Strategic
Transport Plan (STP), which was developed in close collaboration with Aéroports
De Paris and the Association des Paralysés de France. The plan is designed to
ensure full accessibility and service quality, throughout the Games and into the
The Commission also heard how Paris 2012’s STP will contribute to the Paris 2012 plan to host the first-ever
Olympic Games with an overall neutral greenhouse gas emissions balance.
Under the Plan, which incorporates IOC recommendations from the Candidate Acceptance Report
last May, Paris 2012 has committed to the use of non-polluting transport systems,
including the adoption of electrical vehicles for logistics within Olympic venues,
and of low-emission vehicles (using aquazole, natural gas, electricity, hydrogen
and hybrid-power) for transport-accredited personnel.
In an effort to reduce reliance on automobiles and congestion during the Games, 20,000 Parisians will receive
bicycles to use on over 80 kilometers of newly created cycling paths, which will
link all Olympic venues in the Northern and Western clusters. In addition, Olympic
ticket holders will be entitled to free use of public transport.
"Nearly half a million spectators used public transport to attend the 2003 World Championships in Paris, without
a single incident or delays", said Jean-Paul Huchon, President of the Council
of the Ile-de-France Region and the next President of the Syndicat des Transports
d'Ile-de-France(STIF), the authority regulating public transport in the Ile-de-France
"We are very proud of our world-class transport capabilities and will make every effort to insure that the existing system, coupled
with innovative improvements, will continue to
provide world-class service, in 2012 and beyond," Mr Huchon added.
Today, approximately seven million people rely on the Paris public transport network every day. The STIF invests
$1.44 billion each year into the Metro alone, to ensure continued
André Auberger, President of the Handisport French Federation (Fédération Française Handisport), noted the significance of Paris 2012 STP
for the disabled populations: "Olympic and Paralympic Games can bring about a
lasting change in the perception of disability and the behavior toward disabled
people. We salute Paris 2012 for making accessibility a centerpiece of its transport
plan, thereby promoting the disabled people’s mobility, and accelerating their
integration into society".
Notes to editors
· Paris’s transport system is well maintained and extensive. 100 percent of Olympic
and Paralympic venues are already connected to existing public transport networks.
· The motorway network is being constantly upgraded. No major additional improvements
are necessary before the Games.
· The Paris Ring Road and the A1 motorway connecting Paris to Charles De Gaulle
Airport will have Olympic lanes to guarantee efficient travel.
· The clustering of training venues adjacent to the ring roads and in close proximity
to the Olympic Village will enable traffic times for the athletes to be kept to
· The public transport system in Paris and the Ile-de-France consists of 12 suburban
rail lines and 5 regional express lines, 17 Metro lines, 2 tram routes, and a
bus service, providing Paris and its suburbs with 1,300 routes. By 2012, however,
this network will be further developed and will undergo extensive renovation.
· Ferries on the River Seine will provide an alternative transport mode between
· STP will provide a 24 hour transport service to accredited constituents and