JAC wrote:Riding Every Day wrote:For that matter, we’ve taken part in a couple of Fat Tire Bike tours around Paris. Obviously I was wrong when I concluded that gathering together ~20 tourists, jumping on hired bikes, without a helmet in sight, and riding around the streets of Paris by day & night is possible because cycling is normalised in that part of the world. I’m pretty sure Fat Tire Bike Tours won’t be opening a Melbourne office any time soon.
They do this in Paris too, bit it isn't what the locals do.
Yes. I could tell that because they were wearing helmets.
By the way the parts of Paris that they close off at the weekend is hardly cycling infrastructure, and certainly not for sustainable transport. It is there to open up a section for more pleasurable pedestrian and cycling recreation. They could not possibly do it during the week because it is a very busy motor route (that cycles may share I think). A walk or a spin by the side of the river among the trees is one of the pleasures of life Parisians can share with Melbourne. They have the Seine, we have the Yarra. I often think that we are better off. They only have it at the weekend. We have it all of the time.