DIS­COVER THE CITY BY BIKE

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - BEYOND THE EIFFEL -

A metal­lic “ker-thunk­ing” noise dis­turbs the morn­ing quiet of rue d’Ar­cole, a side street in sight of Notre Dame. It’s com­ing from a bi­cy­cle dock­ing sta­tion, where com­muters ar­riv­ing on iden­ti­cal grey cy­cles slot them nois­ily into place be­fore head­ing to work.

This is Velib’, the Paris cy­cle scheme where lo­cals and vis­i­tors can hire bikes for a sin­gle jour­ney or a full day, from hun­dreds of sta­tions across the

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