Monday, August 6, 2012

Place Louis Lépine - la cycliste




When one rides a Velib,
one is not concerned about the maintenance or security of a bike. 
Certainly the owner of the bike (or what is left of it)
 in the background has a problem.


Place Louis Lépine
75004, Paris
Métro Cité



22 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes! I think you're right!! I like the look of the other bike that the woman is riding! Hope you had a great weekend, Genie, and a wonderful week ahead! And, as always, enjoy!!!

Hugs
Sylvia

helen tilston said...

Hello Genie

It must be shocking to return and find one's bike thrashed. In this city a bike is the mode of transport for many to get to work each day. Now the e bikes are making an appearance, they are silent and actually travel fast and in the bike lane, it worries me that there may be accidents.

Have a glorious week

Helen xx

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Genie:
A splendid image. Sadly, pieces of bicycle are often to be found in a similar way all along the Brighton promenade. So very odd!!

Riet said...

What a great shot Genie. There are thousands of pieces of bike like that in our big cities.. We are nor even surprised.
Have a nice week

Pet said...

Thanks for your nice words on my last Post. I appreciate them coming from you.
I like following you through Paris, veló or otherwise :-)

Vreni said...

I´m never so elegant when I´m riding a vélib... Unfortunately in Vienna the city bicylces are no such success as in Paris. I own a bicycle but as I fear that it would end like the one in the background of this photo I prefer to not use it in the city.

Malyss said...

How courageous to ride a bike in Paris!and even to own one, it seems...

Birdman said...

Hahahahahaha! Funny comment.

This is Belgium said...

I just got a new bike !! I am riding it in Brussels but only if I never have to stop ... to avoid what you are showing
( can be extremely tiring endeavor -; )

M said...

Oh, my! Coming out to find the remnants of a bike would certainly be a revolting development! On the other hand, she looks poised and Parisian!

Kris said...

I wonder if I could balance myself on a bike again... it was so long ago. I doubt I would look as poised and in control of the bike as this lady is!! :) HA ♥♥

Starman said...

More likely, the owner of the background bike took the tires so the bike wouldn't be stolen. Bike owners do that a lot.

Alexa said...

Starman has a point—you see that here all the time. But I still got a good chuckle out of your comparison, Genie!

Virginia said...

I've seen old bikes locked up with all many of parts missing in Paris. Funny isn't it. Also funny is Madame's get up!
V

TheChieftess said...

I hope the owner of the bike in back took the wheels with him/her!!!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Never mind the bike Genie, by the look of the ladies hairstyle it looks like you may have captured a shot of Brigitte Bardot!!

Laraine said...

We have a similar system here on the Gold Coast, Australia where I live but we must wear helmets. Are we over governed? We are so used to it now that it was surprising to see how much freedom the French had. Maybe their drivers are more courteous.

Randy said...

Interesting looking bike. Nice b&w.

Jack said...

I think the Velib idea is great for those who only need a bicycle occasionally. They look kind of heavy.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

There is no comparison between a Velib and one of the racers of Le Tour de France. I am certain that I could not even balance on a racing bike!

I have seen many bikes locked without a wheel or two and might be convinced that the owner secured the wheels, but I have never seen anyone walking about with two wheels thrown over their shoulder - hah!

Laraine, you do not see helmets in France although most of my friends wear them in the US. The regulations vary state to state.

To Anni and Vreni, I am sorry to think that you cannot even ride your bikes without worrying that they will be stolen.

Bises,
Genie

Kate said...

What a grand and fun way to navigate the city.

Lisa Graham Art said...

That is a French cyclist if I ever saw one. :)

It really is a great photo!