Sport and transport: how to get around in Lyon without spending too much?

Cycling, running, cardio, rugby, tennis… Tribune de Lyon gives you tips on how to exercise without spending too much in the Lyon metropolitan area.

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  • Getting on a bike has never been so tempting

Tired of crowded transport, traffic jams, non-existent or too expensive parking spaces? To encourage the practice of cycling, the Métropole de Lyon had offered financial aid in 2021 for the purchase of an electrically assisted bicycle, a cargo bicycle or a folding bicycle purchased. This initiative will be renewed in January 2022. You can obtain a reduction of 50% of the purchase price including tax depending on your situation.

04 78 63 40 40.

  • Park without turning in circles

For those for whom finding a place to park causes cold sweats, the Parclick site allows owners of private car parks to rent their unused places to individuals for competitive rates, up to 30% cheaper than a street parking and 70% only public parking.

  • Try before you buy

By joining the Maison du vélo Lyon, you can borrow, for a short period (from a few days to a maximum long weekend), different models of bicycles and equipment. Please note that this service is not intended to replace rental, but to allow cyclists to test equipment and ensure that it meets their needs.

The « mechanical corner » also allows you to diagnose and maintain your bike. After the technical control of his mount, the Maison du vélo provides the tools, parts and advice to assist you in basic repairs.

The Bicycle House. 244 rue Garibaldi, Lyon 3and.
Opening hours: Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For the loan of equipment: reservation via or 04 72 00 23 57.

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To learn how to repair and maintain your bike, to have the right tools and second-hand spare parts, or quite simply to get useful advice, the City of Lyon supports two associative workshops which can offer you all of these services. They are based on the recovery of abandoned bicycles and spare parts. You can also donate your old bike so that it can be used by others.

Perched Chat Workshop, 29 rue Salomon-Reinach, Lyon 7and.
Annual membership: €20. Used parts are free.

Winter opening hours (from November to February): Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer opening hours (from March to October): Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. + second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Channel Change Workshop, Park and ride at Vaise station, Lyon 9and. 07 69 09 68 43.
Membership is free.

Tuesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Move, run, encourage

  • Run as a team for two euros per year

Benefit from a sports coach at the same price as a macaroon, this is what the association Courir à Lyon offers from Monday to Sunday. Want to do bodybuilding sessions, intervals or guided courses, between girls or in a mixed group, just join this motivated community.

Membership: €2 per year.

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  • American football like on TV… but in real life

American football remains under-mediatized in France. However, it fascinates more and more people. The Peupliers stadium in Villeurbanne offers free attendance at Falcons training sessions, the Lyon team, every Tuesday from 6 p.m. To attend the matches, it costs only three to five euros.

Falcons, Poplar stadium, 30 rue du Roulet, Villeurbanne.

  • Shaping your summer body all year round

Sports halls are more or less expensive, depending on the brands and formulas. Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., three sports classes can be taken completely free of charge with DimFit in three gymnasiums in the city. Accessible from 15 years old, the first hour is dedicated to muscle awakening, the second to cardio and strengthening, and the last is a fun session ofeasydance. Registration is required, but all courses are free.

DimFit. 06 18 01 05 93.

  • When running rhymes with tourism

How about discovering Lyon while jogging on Sunday? This is possible with the free enforme@Lyon app. Whether you walk, Nordic walk or run, routes designed by League coaches (in partnership with the Handisport League for the disabled version) allow you to discover the assets of the Confluence districts, Fourvière, Croix-Rousse and Tête d’Or while exercising. Perfect balance between maintaining your body and discovering Lyon from another angle.

Application enforme@lyon

  • Hit the slopes in the cheapest resort

Sliding on the snow-capped peaks in the heart of the Bauges massif regional natural park near Lyon and at a lower cost, it’s possible! For an amount of 15 to 26 euros, come and survey the areas of Aillons-Margériaz 1000 and 1400. And for the most passionate, the subscription I am free allows you to benefit from –10% to –30% on ski passes for four hours or the day. The 8and and 16and ski days and that of Sunday March 27, 2022 are offered, as well as the Skibus trip from Chambéry and Aix-les-Bains.

  • Attend training for the OL women’s team

Every week, training is open to the public at Groupama Stadium. The perfect opportunity to watch Europe’s best female footballers in action without opening your wallet. Find the weekly schedule every Monday on the OL website.

Playing tennis for free on a real court is possible in Lyon, if you are already equipped with balls and rackets. For this, go to the La Doua university campus, to the Iris sports complex in Villeurbanne, to Dardilly on the Parsonge tennis courts, or to the Sergent-Blandan park to introduce children to mini-tennis.

Tennis of La Doua, 6 rue Jean-Baptiste-Lamarck, Villeurbanne.

Iris sports complex, 80 rue Pierre-Voyant, Villeurbanne. 04 78 03 67 85.

Parsonge tennis courts, 20 chemin des Peupliers, Dardilly. 04 78 66 31 33.

Sergeant-Blandan Park, 37 rue du Repos, Lyon 7and.

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