[Série 5/5] In Lyon, free spaces where dogs can stretch their legs are rare. From “canisites” to “free dog areas”, where can you walk your dog without being verbalized?
Good question, dog owners say. If the size of a city like Lyon makes it possible to walk long distances, on a leash on the sidewalks, then where can you allow your dog to stretch his legs?
In most green areas, dogs must be kept on a leash or are completely forbidden. Often it is allowed to let them loose in small fenced spaces that are not enough for them to use themselves.
“Lyon, city dog? »
Following our series “Animals and the City of Lyon” about wild, endangered or harmful animals that share our daily lives in Lyon, Rue89Lyon looks at coexistence with much more common animals: dogs. Getting around with your dog, finding a place where he can stretch his legs, train him … So many obstacles await the owners of about 130,000 dogs listed in the metropolis of Lyon.
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Founded in January 2020 by a former Lyon journalist, “Canine Well-Being in Lyon” or Bicalyon, has been fighting since January 2020 for dogs to become better integrated into the city. The owners who are part of it have started listing the various places that are allowed or forbidden for dogs on a map, in the metropolis of Lyon. In the town itself, a dozen parks have been built, where dogs can go for a walk, on a leash, as well as about twenty others, where the masters take their doggies with them to stretch their legs, whether it is allowed or not.
A list that is certainly not exhaustive, but there is no officially similar map in Lyon at the moment.
The metropolis of Lyon distinguishes between two types of areas reserved for dogs: free dog areas and sanitary areas.
The first are rather large fenced spaces, in the ground or covered with sparse grass. A stone’s throw from Place Bellecour, for example, a strip of plane trees wedged between the funnel and Place Antonin Poncet fulfills this function. You can thus throw the ball to your dog, only in a straight line, with the soft sound of cars passing under the funnel in the background.
In Parilly, in the Bron, there is a larger dog park, equipped with equipment to introduce your dog to agility (dog sports). Due to the high demand, it is very difficult to be able to benefit his dog.