Beyond sport, Paris-Roubaix is committed to supporting sustainable mobility. Cycling is the most environmentally friendly way to get around and is perfectly in keeping with the policy of the Tour de France: Riding into the future
Conservation grazing with Les biquettes de l'espoir
Conservation grazing was the method chosen for weeding the Trouée d'Arenberg ahead of the 2023 edition. About 40 goats and sheep munched on weeds across a 2,300-metre stretch of cobblestones. Les biquettes de l'espoir ('The Goats of Hope') serves two purposes:
- keeping the riders safe by trimming the weeds among the cobblestones and thus preventing the formation of slippery areas when it gets wet;
- preserving the cobbled sector, which is a listed site.
ESPOIR AVENIR, a local charity that employs people in need, was drafted in to carry out his environmentally friendly operation.
Electric mobility is the obvious choice for the organisation's vehicle fleet. The 50 vehicles that make up the fleet are plug-in hybrids. Two fully electric Škoda Enyaq IV cars have been present in the race since 2022.
For the first time, members of the public can use a carpooling service to go from the start of the race to strategic points and on to the finish line to cheer on the riders.
Collection zones: riders will have specific collection zones to dispose of their waste, which will be cleaned by the organisation. This year, 9 zones will be available to the riders.
Natura 2000 Zones: Respect for the environment and the preservation of biodiversity are priorities in the organisation of Paris-Roubaix. The BIOTOPE research firm has been assisting the organisers since 2011 in carrying out Natura 2000 (European network of remarkable protected natural spaces) impact studies. In 2023, the race will go through 4 sensitive areas. Special care will go towards protecting the Trouée d'Arenberg, which is both a Natura 2000 zone and a listed site.