Cycling between Meyrin and Prévessin just got better. Since the new cycle path on the Route de l’Europe opened a few days ago, cyclists can now get from one site to the other in complete safety. Likewise, cyclists from Prévessin can get to CERN or the tram terminus more easily from their commune. The path was officially opened on Friday, 14 October, in the presence of local politicians as well as CERN representatives. On the picture: Hubert Bertrand, Mayor of Saint-Genis-Pouilly, Aurélie Charillon, Mayor of Prévessin-Moëns, Véronique Baude, Vice-President of the Conseil départemental de l’Ain with special responsibility for tourism and sustainable development, and Martin Steinacher, Director for Finance and Human Resources, during the inauguration ceremony for the cycle path. (Image: Sophia Bennett/CERN).
The new cycle path, which is 2.4 kilometres long, took seven months to complete. It was financed by CERN, the local authorities and also by funds from the CERN-Pays de Gex Consultation Committee. These funds, earned by renting CERN land to farmers, are used to finance projects benefiting the public, like cycle paths, as in this case.
For the moment, the path stops just before the traffic lights by the Prévessin site. However, a new crossroads, with traffic lights for cars and bikes, will be created in 2017. Work is due to begin next spring.
Whether you’re on the path or on the road, don’t forget to wear a helmet and reflective clothing, and obey the rules of the road.