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The Impact of the 2024 Summer Games on Local Transport in Paris

The sports world is buzzing as the countdown begins for this year’s highly-anticipated Summer Games in Paris. In July, athletes from around the globe will gear up to showcase their talents, and spectators are eagerly awaiting the spectacle that will unfold. One thing fans might not realize, however: the impact such a large event has on the host country’s infrastructure, daily life and businesses. 

To accommodate the millions of spectators and thousands of athletes and their teams, many changes have been made to Paris’s infrastructure and roadways in the way of new facilities, detours, routes and more. So, while the games bring a wide variety of benefits, there are both positive and negative implications for the transportation industry. In the piece below, we’ll walk through the impact of the event on transportation and logistics within France and how companies might adapt to these changes going forward.

The Ripple Effect on Transportation

One of the foremost challenges that many may not consider is the increased strain on transportation networks as a result of increased population and construction across 35 venues. With “around 185 kilometers [~115 miles] of roads in Paris expected to be exclusively reserved for athletes, officials and journalists,” according to Inside the Games, navigating the large and crowded city of Paris will pose traffic and route challenges that require creative solutions. Local transport systems are expected to be overwhelmed, leading to additional roadway congestion and delays for commuters, tourists, athletes and staff, as there are just more pedestrians crowding streets and roads.

The official competition venue map features 35 locations. Click to expand.

Transportation companies moving both goods and people within France are working to adapt to the games  and it’s expected that areas throughout the country will be affected for months before the event, and several months to follow. Moreover, the assembly process for local infrastructure is still ongoing and there is no schedule currently defined for when temporary construction and diversions will be removed.

“I think there’s a perception that the events will only impact movement in and around Paris during the weeks the games are going,” remarked Serge Marques, business development manager of France for Trimble. “But, the games will be held in 58% existing venues and 38% temporary venues. Perimeters specific to the setup and dismantling periods of those temporary venues will make it necessary to regulate access. This means many months of delays and diversions both before and after.”

And beside the normal flow of goods throughout the country, the games themselves will require a tremendous logistical operation that will delay regular business. According to Strategies Logistique, a France-based logistics and supply chain news organization, the event entails, “international transport from around a hundred countries of some 200,000 extremely varied references, some oversized, from office furniture to mattresses (...) to the weapons used in certain events, including the horses in the equestrian events or even the 12,000 pieces of luggage of the athletes.”

The games are expected to generate a total economic impact of over $946 million, according to Data Appeal’s Olympic Projection Report. This means that Paris is expecting to draw in millions of attendees, putting immense pressure on their transportation systems. As a result, numerous roads will be closed or restricted, further magnifying traffic concerns. 

Security perimeters throughout Paris and other major cities across France will have a tremendous impact in and of themselves. As the city of Paris reports in this recent infographic there are several different types of zones that will heavily restrict traffic at and around various sports complexes for several hours every day. In many cases, commercial vehicles will not even be allowed to enter or travel near certain zones throughout the period of the games depending on the sizes and weights of their vehicles.

All of these challenges, delays and diversions will compound across the weeks of games and cost transport and logistics companies a tremendous amount of time and revenue. This logistical puzzle presents a unique challenge for businesses that rely on efficient transportation and delivery operations in order to maintain success.

How Trimble Can Help

However, despite these challenges, there are purpose-built solutions designed to help transportation companies navigate the disruptions brought on not just by the event, but in general. One such solution is CoPilot: our commercial-grade routing and navigation app, created specifically to help professional drivers maneuver through congested areas and on complex routes. 

“During challenging times like this, it’s critical that fleets use navigation tools that are both designed for the needs of commercial transport, and that are kept as current as possible to help fleets adapt to changing conditions on the roads. CoPilot is that solution,” commented Marques.

CoPilot utilizes advanced mapping technology and real-time traffic data to provide drivers with optimized routes, avoiding road closures and traffic hotspots. Its user-friendly interface and precise turn-by-turn directions make it a necessary and extremely helpful tool for logistics companies operating in Paris. 

Furthermore, CoPilot is built on the same commercial maps and routing engine as Trimble’s back office solutions, ensuring accurate and up-to-date information shared between both drivers navigating the city's landscape and support staff managing operations. Fleet managers for businesses that need to navigate through and around Paris can use our back office tools to establish routing rules and modify map data and then pass these updates directly to CoPilot.

With its customizable routing options and intuitive interface, CoPilot ensures drivers can safely and efficiently navigate Paris's intricate road network, aiming to minimize (or in some cases even eliminate) distractions and delays and maximize productivity. And with real-time and historical traffic information, drivers and fleet managers can plan ahead to ensure they are not missing ETAs because of stadium construction.

While the games promise thrilling sporting events and unforgettable moments, the event will also present logistical challenges for transportation and logistics companies. However, with innovative solutions like CoPilot, and Trimble’s local team dedicated to supplying the most up-to-date mapping and navigation information at their disposal, businesses can overcome these challenges with confidence and efficiency, ensuring smooth operations and timely deliveries. As we anticipate the spectacular showcase Paris will display, let’s also support the transportation and logistics industry in our own quest for gold!

Want to learn more about CoPilot and how you can deploy it to keep your fleet moving? Contact our team to discuss your needs.