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Paris, Peripherique and Motorcycles

  Posted at 01:03:01 PM
  File under  Editorial France
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

For regular readers, you'll have read on this site, that the Paris authorities have been trying very hard to eliminate motorcycles from the country's capital {link}. To be honest, they're also trying their damned best to stop cars from soiling their beautiful city.

After severe new regulations against motorcycles, including new enforced laws preventing motorcycles from parking on sidewalks {link}, preventing them from using bus lanes and many Police check points for speeding and technical inspections on motorcycles, it started to appear that the Marie (=City Hall) was letting down their attacks {link}.

Nothing could be more wrong. The daily newspaper, Le Parisien, came across a paper from the Marie (=City Hall), that states that they want to close down one lane in the very busy Peripherique (the Paris Ring Road). For those of you who don't know Paris, the Perif (as it is known) is the main artery of Paris. It's a 5-6 lane (both sides) road that circles around Paris. It's very busy, day and night, and often totally jammed up by cars.

Denis Baupin
Now, the Chief Idiot, Denis Baupin (head of Transportation for the City Hall), thinks it's a great idea to make it even more difficult to drive your car (and motorcycle).

He wants to close one of the lanes on the Perif. He's already done it in Paris itself. All busy main roads in the capital have had one lane closed to traffic, and can only be used by bus and taxi. But since they go on strike on a regular basis, the lanes are often empty, but can't be used by motorcycles. If you do, you will get fined !

What are they thinking these psuedo-greenies ? Do they really think they can stop vehicles going into a major city like Paris.

Why would any reasonable human want to take the public transportation system, if the chance that the metro/bus goes on strike is extremely high ??? Then you're really stuck !

The man has a room temperature I.Q. !

How Pathetic - a "race"

To prove their point, that non-gas consuming transportation is faster, they organized a "race". A person taking public transportation, a roller, a bicyclist and a car started from point A in Paris, and headed for point B. The roller arrived first, followed by the cyclist, followed by the person on the public transportation (which wasn't on strike that day), and finally the car arrived as last.

But wait a minute ??? No motorcycle ??? They did not invite a motorcycle to race with them, since they knew who would win.... and that was not the idea !! But several tests had already been done, and we all know the real results {link}

Via: Moto Revue

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