Bike, RER, car … What is the best way to get to Paris from the suburbs?

Top start at 7.08 this Tuesday 19 April for three journalists from the RTL newsroom. The goal: get to Neuilly-sur-Seine from Fontenay-sous-Bois as soon as possible with three different means of transport. Hortense Crépin by public transport, Pierrick Bonin by bicycle and Christophe Bourroux by car.

Every day, millions of French people travel to the capital from their homes in the suburbs to work. The question of the means of transport thus becomes an essential choice in the daily life of these residents on the island of France. With Hortense Crepin, 1.3 million passengers use line A of the RER daily, according to the RATP. “It is, therefore, a larger population than the city of Lyon,” recalls the journalist who was able to find a seat on the train at the pier as soon as she arrived.

For his part, Christophe Bourroux chooses to carry the device “probably longer (24 kilometers instead of 17 km) but faster depending on the navigation application”. Not surprisingly, the RTL automotive specialist “rarely exceeds 30 km / h” in the “usual traffic flow”. borrowed daily by 1.1 million people“.

Hortense Crépin, Christophe Fourroux and Pierrick Bonin accepted the challenge of crossing Paris as quickly as possible.

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Hortense Crépin, Christophe Fourroux and Pierrick Bonin accepted the challenge of crossing Paris as quickly as possible.
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Pierrick Bonin chose the bicycle to reach Neuilly-sur-Seine from Fontenay-sous-Bois.
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Hortense Crépin was even able to sit on the RER A.
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Pierrick Bonin was able to avoid traffic jams on the handlebars of his electric bicycle, which cost him 20 euros a month. 16.9 km from East to West, taking advantage of the 1,300 km of lanes reserved for smooth traffic “with more and more two-way lanes for optimal tranquility and safety”. More and more people are opting for the outdoors and physical exertion: 15,000 bicycles use the Rivoli cycle route every day, which is now closed to cars. “Marginal practice twenty years ago, the velotaf is adopted in 2022 by one in five inhabitants in cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants“says the journalist.

A result that is not surprising

There will be no feat for our cyclist who arrived more than 15 minutes after his partner. 39 minutes and 2.80 euros it will have been enough for Hortense Crépin to make 6 stops on the RER A, 3 metro stops on Line 1 and go up the few steps that lead to the studio where Yves Calvi is for RTL Matin. “During the trip, I was even surprised to see some listeners listening to us,” he says.

Pierrick Bonin settles for an honorable second place finish the almost 17 km in 55 minutes by bike. In addition to the relatively normal journey time of the capital, he insists on “the pleasure of pedaling quietly.” “Enjoying a car-free interior Paris is priceless, in fact. And the icing on the bike, I did sports and spent 500 kcal caloriesshow me my dedicated app! “

After the death of Christophe Bourroux, he joined the newsroom at 8:20 am, or at 1:12 am by car. “Actually at 8:10 in Neuilly, it’s time to find a place to park,” he said. A journey that will be income around 3 euros. He mentions, however, that “to this must be added the depreciation of the car (brake pads, parking on arrival …)”. Privileging the comfort of the cabin takes a long time in French cities, he recalls. “A motorcyclist from Marseille or Ile-de-France spends more than 144 hours a year in traffic jams! 6 days a year to be still
according to a survey by navigator Tom-Tom. “Journeys that, in addition to being longer, are more polluting.

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