In Pictures: Taking Boris Bikes to Paris

By tiredoflondon Last edited 84 months ago
In Pictures: Taking Boris Bikes to Paris
At the Eiffel Tower
At the Eiffel Tower
At Paris Gare Du Nord
At Paris Gare Du Nord
At the Louvre
At the Louvre
At the Notre Dame
At the Notre Dame
Falling in love with a French girl
Falling in love with a French girl
Back at St Pancras International
Back at St Pancras International

Last Saturday, London bloggers Ian from Ian Visits and Tom from Tired of London, Tired of Life took a pair of Boris bikes to Paris by Eurostar. Sometimes the bikes get tired of living in the smoke and smog of Zone 1, and that's why the bloggers decided to take two lucky cycles on a grand day out.

The bikes stretched their wheels on a tour of some of the major Parisian locations, taking in the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Notre Dame, among others. They caught the  attention of locals and Brits abroad, with a French family stopping the riders to ask where they could hire them, and a holidaying Londoner riding over to underline how much better the Boris Bikes were than the Parisian Vélib bikes, the city's own cycle hire scheme.

Indeed, at the end of the day, it was hard to drag one of the bikes back to the station, as he had fallen in love with a bike from the French scheme (see photos). But he eventually was convinced, not wanting to miss the Boris Bike scheme extension, or next year's Olympic Games. A full write-up of the trip, and more photographs can be seen over at Ian Visits.

Last Updated 23 August 2011