Great news: Vélib’, the Parisian bicycle-sharing system I have previously described in detail and mapped, had a huge revamp of its website last spring. This coincided with a handful of new features that are of crucial importance to (especially) Anglopone/American tourists. First, the new website is entirely available in English. The old version seemed to [...]
After my maps of public transportation distribution in Chicago and Paris got a bit of publicity, people started asking for more. Here, I try to consider issues of population density as well as the role of buses.
When I made my Paris Métro map, the joke was that the next step would be the leap in order of magnitude between subway stations and Vélib’ stations. For those who don’t know what Vélib’ is, it’s the Parisian bike-sharing system that I’ve already described in great detail. But I knew there was no way [...]
Paris is still totally safe to bike in, if you stick to the streets (or street-grade bike lanes). The non-street bike lanes, usually carved out of sidewalk, can be rather dangerous, as I slipped leftward curving on these cobblestones today going at top…
When I came to the center yesterday, it was clear that I had rolled in via Vélib’. “Be careful tomorrow with Vélib’,” one instructor warned me, because today’s general strike will make the bicycles extremely valuable. With at least the RER B scheduled to be out of commission, it’s entirely possible that I would have [...]
[I have written a separate post that describes the updates to the Vélib’ system that appeared in Spring 2011 here. Considering the two main changes are pricing options and availability to Americans, I encourage everyone to read this pieces and then read the update to have their excitement renewed (or enhanced).] Using a bicycle in [...]