A conurbation community made up of 7 communes
Situated 20 km west of Paris, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines extends over an area of 7,000 hectares. Since 1st January 2004, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines has been a Conurbation Community of nearly 150,000 inhabitants, 52% of whom are aged under 35. The Conurbation Community is made up of 7 communes: Élancourt, Guyancourt, La Verrière, Magny-les-Hameaux, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, Trappes-en-Yvelines and Voisins-le-Bretonneux.
The second biggest economic centre in the Paris West sector
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines has a varied economic fabric and is now the second biggest economic centre in the Paris West sector, with a total of 7,500 companies and 100,000 jobs. The University of Versailles - Saint-Quentin accommodates over 9,000 students on the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines site. With the second biggest public transport network in Ile de France, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines offers high-quality road, motorway and rail access and a well-structured bus network.
An innovative area
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is at the heart of 8 competitive clusters dedicated to job creation and synergies between public and private R&D and higher education. The area and its university are involved in the national Paris-Saclay Operation, which aims to position the Plateau de Saclay as a science and technology cluster.
A natural harmony between Man and the environment
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines represents a harmony between the historic and the modern, business districts and residential districts, Man and nature. Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is a “green and blue” town: nearly 45% of its area is given over to public parks, forests, lakes, streams, etc.
An area for outdoor and leisure sport
This environment has helped to turn Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines into a major centre for outdoor activities and leisure sports. With over 50 sports facilities and approximately 400 sports associations, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is the ideal setting in which to practise a sport, a setting in which sporting activities can be combined with care for the environment.
As part of its development plan for the area, the Conurbation Community has been working on a leisure sports development programme since 2004, involving existing facilities (regional leisure centre with the biggest man-made lake in Île-de-France, Élancourt hill, National Golf Club) and future projects (opening of the Olympic cycling stadium in 2013, application to organize the Ryder Cup at the National Golf Club in 2018).
In addition, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines organizes or is a partner to a large number of sporting events, some of which are on a national or international scale (Alstom French Open, Paris Eco-Trail, “Défi Nature”), which is evidence of its sporting dynamism.
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines: cycling capital
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is without doubt a cycling capital. The area offers 145 kilometres of cycle tracks and a large number of lanes. The future Olympic cycling stadium will be home to the National Cycling Centre, and a wide range of mountain biking and BMX competitions will be organized there. In hosting the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur for the 6th time in 20 years, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is showing itself to be a genuine cycling capital.