Nice Blue Bikes

6 Feb

blue bikes on the promenade des anglaisDublin has its Dublin bikes, Paris has its Velibes and London has its Barclays bikes. These bike schemes let people get to work faster; and the people think that’s nice.

But in the cold winter days, a bike scheme surely couldn´t be nicer than it is in Nice.

There, in the warm micro-climate of the Cote d’Azur, bright blue bikes (vélos bleues) are lined along the Boulevard des Anglais.The sun sparks off their steel handlebars; their blue colour is mirrored in the Meditarrean Sea in the background.

Like the people of Dublin, Paris, or London, the people of Nice love their city’s bike rental scheme. However – unlike the Dublin, Paris and London people – they seem to prefer to use them for cycling along the sunny promenade; rather than for racing to work.

Cyclist in Nice on the Promenade des AnglaisMale cyclist in Nice on blue bikeFemale cyclist in front of Hotel NegrescoCyclist on Nice Boulevardblue bike looking out to sea

4 Responses to “Nice Blue Bikes”

  1. John February 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    It is very NICE there in Nice,if we only had their Weather in Ireland and wide Cycling areas we would be very Happy indeed.

  2. Cherilyn February 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    LOVE the design of those bikes! Modern lines, but old-school touches, like the skirt guard and basket. How do they ride?

    • dublindutch February 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

      Hi Cherilyn, glad to hear you like the bikes and their design. Cycling them was delightful. Though that may have been mostly due to circumstances not related to the bicycle itself: the Promenade des Anglais is a long, broad street that stretches for several miles along the Cote d’Azur. On our day of cycling – this was on the 6th of February, when flights were cancelled back in Dublin due to stormy weather – the sun kept on shining and the temperature rose to 19 degrees Centigrade. I’m trying to remember how the bike itself actually felt, but the only thing coming back is how I put on my sunglasses, and then took off my coat to place it in the front basket, before cycling along the Promenade in the direction of Nice’s port…

  3. PaulM February 12, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Have you ever tried riding a bike ON the road in Nice? I lived there for a while, and I can tell you that the on-road cycling experience there is distinctly variable. In places the motorists can be extremely aggressive and apart from the Promenade there is little by way of cycle infrastructure.

    The promenade does however link the port and the airport, about 7km apart, without ever having to go on a road.

    Once you pass the airport, say en route to Antibes, the road is very hostile indeed.

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