New Cycling Rules

pariscycling rulesThe city of Paris has gone and done it again. In the interest of making life easier for cyclists, whose numbers have grown astronomically since the introduction of the Velib program three years ago, it is now allowing cyclists to go both ways on streets that are otherwise one way for cars. While I understand the frustration of having to pedal in circles to get to one’s destination, I’m in agreeement with the person who scribbled “tres dangereux” on this sign. The fact that no one wears a helmet already makes me cringe. (If you do see someone in a helmet, I bet you two bucks that it’s an American or a Canadian.) What really needs to happen is finding a way for all drivers (cars, bikes, scooters, and motorcycles) to obey the rules of the road and treat each other with mutual respect. But I don’t have a recipe for that.

3 Responses to “New Cycling Rules”

  1. Comment by martin | 08/03/10 at 6:20 pm

    It’s too bad you don’t have a recipe for that, but why should this stop you from informing city hall of what really needs to happen. While you’re at it, you should also tell them that as an American you find it appalling that people are not wearing helmets and that you’re tired of cringing. Perhaps they could pass a law to make Paris more in keeping with your expectations. As an American and an expert in all things, you certainly deserve at least that.

  2. Comment by Nicole | 08/04/10 at 9:50 am

    Wow. Martin, you are a real jerk.

  3. Comment by Un cycliste | 08/23/10 at 2:19 am

    Martin, taisez-vous. She’s just showing genuine concern for the safety of other people.

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