During the famous 1995 transit strike, Parisians used their bicycles and have not used them after that. Not long after , the city added dedicated lanes and secure racks around town. The best part is that the city closed the Seine-side express ways on Sundays, enabling cyclists and roller bladders to glide amid some of the world’s most amazing scenery. If you want to be part of it and join them, head over to Paris velo , which rents bikes and supplies helmets and gives advice in English. Be ready to provide a credit card number as security. 2 rue de Fer a Moulin, 5th arr. ( 01-43-37-59-22).

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Anne Suire