Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Strike and Vélib'

Francisco asked yesterday how the Vélib' system was faring in the strike. Here's the answer. Usage has doubled. Tires are wearing out. But of course the traffic is so bad that some refuse to ride the bikes for fear of an accident.

Some months ago, I predicted that the strikes would end quickly and said that if they didn't, I would stake Éloi Laurent to one Vélib' ride. I was wrong, and I owe Éloi a ride, but he tells me that he won't ride in the streets as they are today, so I've agreed to buy him a coffee instead. Of course this will cost me more than a euro, and the euro has risen so much against the dollar since I made the bet that I'm afraid I may have to apply for a subsidy from the Ministry of Culture, which can of course be financed out of the additional income to be realized from all the reforms, reductions in size of the civil service, etc.

Bordélique. The adjective seems appropriate, though I suspect it's quite unfair to bordellos.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You better hurry up with your coffee, remember that buralistes will soon be in the street demonstrating against the smoking ban..

Unless of course you want to use their strike as an excuse for not buying...

TexExile said...

Traffic is indeed unreal, aggravated by the weather. But some people are still very keen on the Velib' bikes -- to ensure availability the next day, some folks have put locks on them when returning them to the Velib' stand. No obvious solution comes to mind in the absence of lock-cutters, but the ideal form of retaliation is clear: put a second lock on...

Quico said...

Thanks! Very interesting...I even learned something new from that link: turns out "bicyclette" is a word in French!

I think coffee is too boring as a replacement bet payoff, though. I say wait for things to quiet down and then do your velib challenge!