Here’s a unique way to explore Paris: put on your rollerblades! Every Friday and Sunday you can rollerblade in Paris for free as part of two weekly meetups. On Sundays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the association Rollers & Coquillages organizes a group skating rally that is free and open to skaters of all levels. The skating distance is typically between 17 and 23 km (between 10.56 and 14.29 miles). The association strongly encourages participants to wear protective gear (helmets and wrist guards).
What began as an informal weekly get together among friends in the mid-1990s has expanded to become a Paris tradition. Today, the weekly rallies regularly include up to 10,000 people! Also, by becoming a member of the club you can also participate in other events like group picnics and skating events outside of Paris.
Another option for more advanced skaters is “Friday Night Fever,” the Pari Roller Friday weekly skating event. Careful though, because routes often include cobblestone roads and steep hills. The weekly event runs from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
The Paris Police Department provides a full police escort for both weekly rallies, including policemen on roller skates. In fact, when the brigade roller was created in 1998, it was the first brigade of its kind in the world!
Today, the weekly skating meetups have become a Paris tradition that skaters won’t want to miss. This is certainly a unique way to discover the city!
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More Information on Rollerblading in Paris
Rollers & Coquillages: Sundays, Place de la Bastille at 2:30 p.m.
Pari Roller: Fridays, Place Raoul Dautry (14th arrondissement), between the Montparnasse train station and Tour Montparnasse at 10:00 p.m.