BICYCLING: AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION TO PROMOTE DECARBONIZATION

Emissions generated by visitor transport to the JBC represents a significant portion of the JBC’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) assessment, with more than 80% of GHGs emitted by the JBC in 2019 linked to this. It must be regarded with the utmost importance if we are to succeed in transitioning the JBC to a low-carbon museum model. Our status must therefore be studied and monitored closely year over year to continue to integrate carbon reduction best practices into our operations wherever possible.

In the analysis of emissions produced by common visitor transportation modes, the highest emissions were produced through travel by plane, followed by car travel, train travel and travel by bicycle.

Since the bicycle is by far the least carbon-intensive means of transport, the JBC is implementing an institutional policy aimed at promoting cycling as much as possible for the transportation of visitors and employees to the museum.

Avenues to be followed for the development of bicycle use by visitors to the JBC include:

  • The installation of lockers to improve the reception and comfort of visitors travelling by bicycle.
  • The installation of bicycle parking spaces suitable for accommodating all types of bicycles, including electric bikes, traditional bikes, and children’s bikes.
  • The installation of charging stations for electric bicycles.
  • The installation of a bicycle repair station.
  • The creation of new offers such as a tourist circuit for Canadians by bicycle, bicycle rental services, and guided cycle tours.
  • The integration of the JBC in the main cycle tourist routes in France.
  • Forging new and/or stronger partnerships with tour operators who use bicycles as their primary means of transport.
  • The creation of combined train + bike routes with tour operators.
  • The establishment of reduced entry rates for visitors making the effort to come to the JBC using low-carbon modes of transportation.