Sumary of Parisian pedal power:
- Steve McKennaThe West AustralianCamera IconCycling along the Left Bank of Paris.
- Credit: Steve McKenna/SuppliedShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the LinkWhizzing past the Louvre, free as a bird, no horn-tooting motorists in sight, I’m seeing — and feeling — Paris like never before.
- Credit: Steve McKenna/SuppliedBetter cycling infrastructure is persuading Parisians and tourists alike to swap traffic jams and cramped Metro carriages for less polluting forms of transport.
- Paris’ first official gay bar opened here in the 1980s and rainbow pedestrian crossings brighten the roads, with more quirky street art decorating signs and walls of pastel-shaded buildings.
- Continuing on to Place des Vosges, Martin reveals that this handsome arcaded square was built in the 17th century on the site of the Hotel des Tournelles, a turreted Gothic complex that was torn down on the orders of Catherine de’ Medici.
- Credit: Steve McKenna/SuppliedWhile much of Paris is flat, some parts are undulating, and quite steep.