by R Kent
Bertrand Delanoë hates cars.
He hates cars like Bush hates science.
Like Tour de France cyclists hate drug tests.
Like Detroit hates public transit.
As the Mayor of Paris, he’s in a position to do something about it.
Since Delanoë took the reins in 2001, one of his main objectives has been to reduce the amount of vehicular traffic in Paris.
Following the installation of bus-only lanes, a new tram line, metro station upgrades and steep parking prices, Delanoë’s latest plan, named “Velib’,” went into effect the day after Bastille Day, July 15.
Velib’, a combination of the words vélo, meaning “bike” and liberté, meaning “freedom”, is a network of bike stations providing Parisians and visitors alike with the choice of making short trips around Paris on bikes owned by the city.
For a yearly subscription of 29€, you can borrow any of the 10,000 gray, three-speed bikes from stations found everywhere in the city, and pedal towards a cleaner, less trafficky tomorrow. (more…)