The Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), Paris’ public transport operator, Friday launched a new initiative to encourage physical activity, raise awareness and drive support for Paris’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Paris 2024 bid transportation partner will invite people travelling on its public transport network to get behind the bid in a project called “All Athletes of the City”.
The initiative will run from March 3rd to April 7th and will try to build momentum in the city ahead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission’s three-day visit, set to begin May 14, by mobilizing the 12 million passengers who use the RATP network each day. It will also have five metro and train stations dressed in Paris 2024 colours throughout March.
Paris 2024 Co-Chair Tony Estanguet joined RATP President and CEO Elisabeth Borne, Pierre-Yves Bournazel, in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic project for the Ile-de-France region, and Pierre Rabadan, Sport adviser to Mayor Hidalgo, to launch the project at Saint-Lazare station in central Paris.
As part of the campaign, stationary bicycles will be set up in stations across Paris and the Ile-de-France region so passengers can get active and start pedaling and accumulating kilometers to show their commitment to bringing the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Paris.
Paris 2024 Co-Chair Tony Estanguet said “Paris 2024 wants to promote the practice of sports, to put people on the move. As we get closer to the IOC Evaluation visit we encourage all people using the RATP network to join in ‘All Athletes of the City’ and get behind the campaign to bring the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to France.”
“Paris has one of the best public transport systems in the world, allowing ease of movement around the city and the Ile-de-France region for millions of locals and visitors every day With a metro station no more than 400 meters from any location in Paris, a fleet of clean buses and other green transport solutions in the planning, our partnership with RATP underpins our ambition to host the greenest Games ever in the heart of our iconic capital city.”
Elisabeth Borne, President and CEO of RATP said “a key pledge of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic bid is that in 2024 every single spectator journey will be made by public transport and we are working closely with Paris 2024 to achieve this goal.”
In February, RATP started testing its first 100% electric, driverless buses on the streets of Paris, a first in terms of public transport. The buses, which will be made available to fans, athletes and the Olympic family in 2024 will initially run along the banks of the River Seine.
On September 13 in Lima, Peru the IOC will choose from between Paris and Los Angeles as they vote for the 2024 Olympic host city.
For both cities, 2024 would be their third hosted Games. Paris last staged the Games in 1924.