The French live in the country making casseroles in their Le Creuset pots. Their children live in Paris, working on their appearance. They spend far too much money on clothes to afford parking fees in the city, so have elected a socialist/green government to jettison those bourgeois machines altogether, and make way for bikes, especially Vélib‘ bikes. They are a long way from having safe roads, complete infrastructure, or policing to stop cars parking in bike lanes, but what choice do they have but to cycle? After all, they have spent all their money on clothes, art supplies, and weekend trips to the country for their mothers’ casseroles. Meanwhile, these city share bikes are basically free to get around on. All you do is plug in your credit card, take a bike, then return it to the next station within half an hour. Who could resist!