Great cycling cities of the future

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by avole, 13 Apr 2019.

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  1. avole

    avole Guest

    Location:
    France
    I can’t help thinking that the mayor of one you would never have thought of as such, Paris, is set on creating one.

    I’m highly biased, as Paris has long been my favourite city,. At the moment it is a traffic hell, mostly becaus bike paths are being renewed, resurfaced, and even created throughout. Not only that, but many of the newer paths are marked a car doors width away from street parking areas.

    The trail along the Seine (pronounced as Sen, by the way) is sure to become a must do.

    There is, however, a downside. Those blasted electric scooters are everywhere, taking up valuable cycling space. They have the advantage that you can pick them up anywhere, unlike vėlib and newer mass transit bikes, so be prepared to share your new path with them.
     
  2. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
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    That's good to hear.

    BTW, not sure why we needed reminding how to pronounce Seine especially when it's not relevant to the topic.

    Amicalement,

    Alicat
     
  3. Even without Napoleon III and Georges Eugene Haussmann.
     
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  4. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I liked Paris when I lived there in the mid 80s but on recent visits I've been disgusted by the graffiti, the street crime and the stink of urine in the Metro and underpasses.
     
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    avole

    avole Guest

    Location:
    France
    Must gave been my French teacher, then. French are hot on pronunciation, so maybe it has started rubbing off. No offence intended
    Unfortunately you can say that about virtually every city. Never really noticed much in the way of street crime, by the way. Didn’t mention it, but many of the Metro stations are being revamped, too.
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  6. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    London trumps Paris for cleanliness and civilisation. A lot of the improvement started with Ken Livingstone. I remember him being interviewed on TV after the TDF started in London. Wearing his trademark white jacket Ken said in his nasal voice: "Yes this has been one of two of my ideas that has worked out better than I expected... the other being congestion charging!"
     
  7. mikeymustard

    mikeymustard Veteran

    My abiding memories of Paris are largely olfactory: the combined smell of sweet crepes (pronounced crep btw) and stale urine. And a beautiful woman on the metro in a chanel suit who stank like a polecat! :smile:
     
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  8. bladderhead

    bladderhead Active Member

    Urine - pronounced oui-oui
     
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  9. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Location:
    London
    Am intrigued by your apparent olfactory experience of polecats.
     
  10. OP
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    avole

    avole Guest

    Location:
    France
    Sorry, the only turds in Paris arrive when you lot step off Eurostar. What a bunch of far right fukkwits.

    I’m off, you deserve your brexit.
     
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  11. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Location:
    London
    Truly bizarre post.

    Possibly only explained by the timestamp.

    edit - or did someone (mods?) hack out something before it?
     
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  12. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
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    I'm confused. I thought we were talking about wee-wee not doo-doo....

    Oh, and I didn't like to be rude when the OP was around; however, the last time I went to Paris the Métro did smell of urine. I normally only smell that in the UK when I go to old people's homes.
     
  13. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    Paris..
    My one and only visit to Paris.
    Hotel manager tried to rip us off.
    Taxi driver Did rip us off.
    My wife was within a few seconds from being a victim of a young female pick pocket gang on the metro, foiled by me.
    They had all her bag zips opened ready for the grab at the next stop.

    I spent my weekend continually on full alert, gangs of black Africans trying to surround us and part us with anything they could.
    Night time... Very unsafe feeling.
    Most attractions seemed to be the hang outs for smoking weed, un-checked by police.
    Rude police.
    Quite rude locals, despite trying to speak french..


    Good points
    Nice buildings..
    It was sunny
    Some ok food, but expensive

    Will i go again No
     
  14. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    France is still living beyond its means and refusing to get to grips with the need for public austerity and you can see the consequences in the collapse of civility in big cities.
     
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  15. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru


    Sacre bleu!
    (Pronounced as ‘whatever ‘ by the way)
     
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