Gee Patrick, so you live on The isle of Dawgs do you! I love the river cruises that take you winding around that part of London and in past years putting you off at The Beautiful (well I think it is) Millenium Dome, or now called the 02? I envy your lovely ride through all those parts of London and will be viewing those links this weekend. I have only walked the Regents Canal in past more energetic years, from Maida Vale (Warwick Ave Tube) to Camden Town.
When you say you came home by boat, please can you give me a few more details?
I am really excited to be heading for London in May next year after an absence of about 5 years.
Thank you, and Kerouac for the tip about the velibs handbook - I will get one for sure.
I had the great pleasure of riding in Minneapolis last week. It was proclaimed by Bicycling magazine as the America's Best Bike City. This is a bike/pedestrian bridge spanning the Mississippi in the old mill district.
Great photo and very cool yes. I thought we were fortunate to have the path up on the Mississippi levee here,and, we are,but,it's for pedestrians,cyclists,joggers,horseback riders,skaters,dog walkers,baby carriages,you name it,it's shared. Anything and everything but motorized vehicles. And,not nearly as wide as that. I would love having something that exclusive. I'd love to see or hear about what the Mississippi River looks like from up there near the head waters. I think it starts not too too far North of Minneapolis/St. Paul area. This past week I was able to pick enough dewberries/blackberries from up on the river while out cycling to make 2 pies,and,there's more to be had. I really shouldn't complain.
Lovely. It is rather splendid that the Best Bike City in the US is a place with SERIOUS WINTER, though that doesn't discourage the Scandinavian cousins of many Minnesotans. Not just Denmark - even much snowier places in Sweden and Norway. (I don't know much about cycling in Finland).
That is a lovely picture, and I love the old flour mill, grinding hard wheat from the Prairies.
Our Bixi (Bicycle Sharing Scheme) is up and running. The Chicago BikeShare bicycles are Bixi bicycles as well.
lagatta, the mill is no longer in operation and is part of the Mill City Museum complex. When it was built in 1880, it was the world's largest flour mill. That title was claimed by its new competitor across the river however in 1881.
I think I have my family convinced that we can safely walk down Rue St. Paul to the Quai bike path and grab some velibs. Especially since traffic may be a bit lighter today. Seeing some of the death defying traffic weaving bike riding the past couple of days I can understand their concern.
OH MY!! 45 cm!! Lagatta I can not even imagine that much at once.
It has probably happened here at some point but I can only seem to remember storms with at most 30 to 35 cm. The children on school break must be loving it but it will be terrible trying to get anywhere for the next couple of days.
I guess this has put an end to your cycling for quite a while.
Not sure about Montreal, but in our town we have a by-law stating no overnight parking during the winter months on city streets so the plows can clear the streets for the buses and morning traffic.
Daytime storms do present a challenge as not everyone can get their car dug out before the deadline, especially after the plows go past them and bury them deeper. Not a perfect system but it helps most of the season.
I have only been to Montreal once Lagatta, but I can imagine it very difficult to implement our by-law there. I do remember seeing many lovely row houses, small condo complexes, tri-plexes and noticed that there was mostly street parking.
We are a small city (53,000 people) but the fact that it is so spread out and we have many single or duplex homes and most all rental units come with off street parking. We have noticed with the influx of 2 or more car families this is where the street parking has become a problem.
We also have a beautiful bike path from one end of the city to the other.
I am the 1/4th of our family who really wants to get out on a Vélib, only have two more full days. So it's time I got bloody, bold and resolute and did it on my own. (except leave out the "bloody" part of that quotation.) I get up and out a couple of hours earlier than everyone else, anyway.
Hello from Paris, Bixa. Husband, daughter #2 and I rendezvous'd a week ago with dtr #1, who's been working since September as a language assistant in the French Alps. We've been running around lapping it all up. The girls and I get to stay in London for a bit after this.
They've gone salsa dancing in the Bastille this evening, and I hope himself is on his way home from St. Denis, which he loved so much he wanted to return. Not the most adept at maps, standing on the correct side of Métro stops, etc.
Yesterday afternoon we went to hear Django gypsy jazz type music in the northern suburbs/St.-Ouen flea market, then walked up and over the Montmartre mountain, which is very steep indeed and involves many flights of stairs. I kept looking around for someone who looked like Kerouac, only handicapped by not knowing how he looks.
Oh, you lucky girl you!!! I've resolved to resume what was my semi daily long ride routine (average 11 miles) and thus far have maintained it. I have a riding partner, who stirs me out of my holiday doldrums and with my barking dog at the gate at the early hour, have little choice but to get up and go.!!!
Thank you, Casimira. Good for you to take that ride daily!
Lucky is exactly how I feel now, and home safe n sound.
I ended up having two Velib rides. One was first thing New Year's Eve morning, when I walked south on Rue St. Paul to the stand at a bike path on a sidewalk along Quai des Celestins, by the river. It took me some time to figure out the procedure for paying for and removing a bike. I had chosen a good one, but somehow failed to pull it out correctly. My second try I took a closer one that turned out to have a seat that would not tighten into place. Still it was fun riding on the path to the western and then the eastern end near Hotel de Ville. The seat made it unsafe for street use, though, so I ended up returning it near Rue de Rivoli.
Several bikes had flat tires or unusable seats. I wonder how often they send out bike mechanics or whatever. Still I saw so many people riding them, maybe half the total bikes on the street or more.
I find the concept of a Bike, Taxi, and Bus Lane way too daunting, though most alarming was how people ride in London. I'd have had nerve there only if in Hyde Park or some such.
Then New Year's night, last thing, my husband was ready to try it. We found the stand near Carnavalet had only one good bike, so we walked up r.d. Turenne, took a spin around Place des Vosges and down to the River. Bliss. Around Ile de la Cite, past Notre Dame, through Ile St. Louis. Crossing the bridge, past the lonely accordionist, the moon shone over the Seine. Such beauty, such freedom.