Le Grand HuitTo facilitate alternative transportation and leisure activities in urban waterways

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About us

In May 2012 came the desire to create a little paradise at the center of Lille, to live in a new and fun way at the water's edge. Bringing together the diverse expertise (sports, sustainable development, leisure practices, language and self development...) of friends and inhabitants of the quay of the citadel and this resulted in The Association Le Grand Huit

They started by standing on the water sliding in town practicing Stand Up Paddle. Cycling is their other passion as well as a lifestyle of its own, insisting on proximity. For several years Jean-Baptiste and his friends have also been working on promoting new mobility with creativity in their businesses : "Company bike" Eco Gatherings, Carfree Committees and Sustainable Development, "cycling guides" ...

Add interest to the history and heritage, the pleasure of international relationship and discovery, undying passion for Holland, and all this makes your association, "Le Grand Huit"

For leisure activities, the association aims at making you discover your waterways and beautiful rides of your city .. In these activities as well as in its operation and move the association promotes the defense of the environment: bike and foot accessibility and actions for cleaner waters and cleaner environment.

In April 2013 a new step was taken with the launch of our activities in Paris, in another paradise nest : Joinville le pont and the carfree Fanac island for the Stand Up Paddle. 

2015 is the launch of activities in a fantastic amazing new city : Ghent ! Bicycle tour on our nicest dutch bikes as ever, and Stand Up Paddle on the 16th century canals for sure.

2017 arrives "la trottinette", the scooter

2019 sees our funny bikes all over France, we create the new "urban mobility" activity, and launch the Amiens Paddle section.  

What about tomorrow ? Ideas abound. And could may be become reality, thanks to you, why not ?
The Board consists of 13 members :  François Prévost, Antoine De Gandt, Stéphanie Trescents, Emmanuel Bouchel (président), Eric Claeys, Geoffroy Leblanc, Jean-François Dhinaux, Christophe Chatelain, Robert Senechal, Solène Domalain, Eric Fitamant, Vassili Lentzy, Jean-François Giraud  +  Frédéric Coquelet. 


Nautic Race. About 50 paddlers from Le Grand Huit are going to take part in World's biggest race, a legendary event. It will take place on the 5th of december under all the famous Paris bridges. A good reason to keep on practising in winter, in Joinville, Lille and Amiens. Good luck ! 

From 06 to 10 of october, our funny bikes are tried at Le Roc d'Azur, the world biggest event for mountain bike, with 15000 persons. We are very proud to be chosen for this major event for cyclists and professional. Ordinary or safety bikes ! 

Mobilize yourself! September 16-22 is European Mobility Week. We’ll be happy to host Fun Bikes, or New Urban Mobility modes either in your businesses or local authorities to persuade you to give up your cars. With a grin!