17 October 2011

Bicycle Infrastructure 'n Stuff in Paris & Bordeaux

Paris Cycle Track
In Paris recently, on my way to Bordeaux to take part in an expert panel who analysed Bordeaux's proposed bike plan, I hung out with my friend Rebecca. We took Velib bike share bicycles to Montparnasse train station so I could catch the TGV to Bordeaux. Here's a new cycle track behind Parc du Luxembourg. Nicely designed.
Rebecca in Paris_1
My suitcase didn't really fit in the Velib basket. But I brought a bungee cord, 'cause I knew that. I prefer the racks on Bicing in Barcelona. You can squeeze anything in there.

Paris Bus and Cycle Lane
When Velib started you could share the bus lanes in Paris. Great in that city because the buses stop so frequently. Then, I've heard, they disallowed cycling in the bus lanes. Now, on certain stretches, it's allowed again. Here, heading down towards Montparnasse. Nice and wide.

More infrastructure from Paris from other trips:
Paris Bike Culture - Cycling Sociably Paris Cycle Chic - Blue Boots Infrastructure Attentions Pietons Paris Infrastructure Dual Vélo Liberté - Parisian Bike Culture Paris Bike Lanes Paris Turning LaneInfrastructure Paris Bike Lane Vélo Hommes - Cycling Chaps in Paris Paris Traffic

Bordeaux Cycle Track
Bordeaux has 9% modal share for bicycles in the city centre. Here's a cycle track (one of those pesky bi-directional ones, but hey).

Bordeaux Bike Box
A bike box. Pulling the stop lines back for cars is an incredibly effective traffic calming measure at intersections for cyclists and pedestrians alike. We've been doing it in Copenhagen since 2008.

Bordeaux Bike Lane
Basic painted lane on a side street.

Bordeaux Bicycle Signage_2
Cool, elegant bike lane pictogram near the station.

Bordeaux Bicycle Signage
Bicycle signage.

Bordeaux Bicycle Signage_1
Nothing like a 20 km/h zone complete with contraflow for bicycles.

Bordeaux VCub Bike Share
Coolest graphic design I've ever seen on a bike share bike. It was a public competition to design the graphics and the logo.

Bordeaux Cycle Chic Hommes (13)
And it's a great success so far.