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Electrical bicycles are put at disposal for tourits and inhabitants during the summer season. On the whole territory 36 bicycles can be borrowed free of charge in tourism residences, hotels, campings. They allow the tourists to visit the territory with a low CO2 content means of transportation despite the slopes of the mountainous area.

I Description of the measure

Title in original language: Expérimentation de vélo électrique dans le Parc naturel régional du Queyras

Location of CNA: France

Municipality / regional entity: Parc naturel régional du Queyras

Category of the experience: Measure
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Technological
Secondary nomination(s): Educational

Thematic field(s):

Principal field: Transport
Secondary field(s): Tourism

Spatial scale: Local
Time & duration:

Start date: june 2010
Duration: summer 2010 & 2011 (2 times 4 months)

Key word(s): eco-mobility, eco-tourism, Electric bicycles, moutain


Reduction of cars traffic in some areas and villages. New touristic offer (slow tourism) : discovering sites and villages with a new means of transportation. Take time to discover. Democratize cycling in moutain area where it is normally reserved to trained cyclists.


The service has been delegated to a sport shop renting bicycles. The collectivity has launch a call for the purchase, the management and the maintenance of the bicycles on the whole territory. The sport shop was in charge of putting at disposal the bicycles in the place the collectivity decided in agreement with voluntary tourism professionals, and in charge of organising the maintenance. The tourist hosts involved in the project had the responsability of managing the loan of bicycles by writing down basic informations on a small document (identity of the borrower, duration of walk…). The bicycles were borrowed for one to few hours.


According to the success of use, the reduction of car traffic can be assume, but no specific follow-up has been done. Satisfaction of users has been analysed by small questionnaires. The service has been used for two purposes. The first one is for a real utility of movement, per example for people staying in camping sites without car, or tourists coming in Queyras without cars. The second purpose is more linked to leisure, for example visiting touristic sites or mountain passes, or simply by curiosity of testing an electrical bicycle.

II Assessment criteria

Mitigation effects: Low

The CNA avoid some CO2 emission on the territory, but the amount is low and has not been quatified. The effect seeks is also examplarity and concious awareness. We hope it can gives good feeling to people using the bicycles during their holidays and they will maybe think about this means of transportation in their every day life.

Impacts on adaptation: Neutral


Impacts on environment:

- Landscape: Positive
- Alpine ecosystems / biodiversity: Positive
- Water / soil / air: Positive
- "Other": None

Less cars on the roads and in parkings. Less local atmospheric pollution and noise.

Impacts on society:

- Social justice: Positive
- Regional / cultural identity: Positive
- "Other": None

Free of charge device for users. Modern and dynamic image given to the rural territory.

Impacts on economy:

- Employment / job creation: Very positive
- Added value / income: Neutral
- Know how / competitiveness: Positive
- "Other": None

Developpement of a new activity for the profesionnal putting the bikes at disposal and maintaining them. New skills localy developped in electric bicycles functionning, maintenance…

Public relations impact and awareness-raising: Very high

People are using and driving themselves. Sensation of autonomy and ludic way of transportation which convince most of the users. Gives a different image to bicycle, and makes people considering roads use with a new point of view.

Transferability: Very high


Cross sectoral and integrative approach: High


Good governance: High

Involvement of professionals of tourism and development of the activity for some renters.

III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Administration

Our public administration is a natural regional park in charge of developping and implemeting projects in various fields on the territory of the Park : biodiversity, ecotourism, water and energy management, education, agriculture…

Contact person(s):

Name: Emmanuel JEANJEAN
Institution: Parc naturel réginal du Queyras
Address: La ville ARVIEUX 05350 FRANCE
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 46 88 24
Fax: +33 (0)4 92 46 88 29
Email: [email protected]

Other contact persons:

Other contact person: Agnès MONTESINOS

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