On July 15th 2007 (on the day when
Now apart from the fact that I ride a bicycle very badly these are why I think it’s a good reason:
· Bicycles get stolen all the time in
· As a cyclist you will not have to pay for the maintenance of the bike, or have to worry about where to store it.
· It’s environmentally friendly.
At this point I am struggling. You see every aspect of me is saying this is a great idea, but, it’s all well and good installing thousands of free bikes, but where are the bike lanes? I haven’t seen any extra ones being painted around the city recently. Every cyclist I know has had an accident at one point in time or another and frankly for me to get to work directly I could go round the Arc de Triomphe (if I was crazy) or I would have to ride parallel to the Peripherique (the Paris ring road).
Secondly my journey time would be longer, it would take me ten minutes to walk to my nearest post at this end and fifteen minutes at the other end. It takes me twenty five minutes to get to work at present. Nevertheless, when I was really considering this, before I realised that I would be seriously endangering my life, I did think that for the sake of not getting my metro line it would be worth it.
Which is when I realised who the people who are going to be renting these bikes are. It won’t be M. Blogue in his new range Twingo. Why would he battle the elements when he has a city efficient car with power steering and a car stereo? The amount of traffic is going to stay exactly the same. Some commuters might give up on the metro and cycle around and rush hour could turn into a scene straight from
Now looking into my crystal ball I look into the future and predict several things:
- I will be run over by a cyclist;
- A congestion charge will be imposed on Parisian drivers. I don’t know where the congestion zone would be, but perhaps instead of doing it by zone it will be done like the motorways and during red times you pay more than say green times.
- More cycle lanes will be created.
If number two and three happen, then I foresee that this scheme will be very successful. As for number one it’s just inevitable.
Oh by the way I am now on holiday 65 days of freedom. Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah...