One of the things that makes it much easier to get by in Europe without owning a car is the abundance of car- and bicycle-sharing programs. We’ve seen them in almost every city we’ve visited this year, and I’ll be sharing pictures from different places.
Greatest sight here: a cyclist with a big white cello case strapped to his shoulder. We’ve also seen trombones and violins carried by people on wheels. One of these days the cellist will slow down or stop at a light and I’ll be able to snap a picture to post here!
Observation of the day: there are more pedestrians and cyclists here in Germany, but cars have a more universal right-of-way. One can never assume that a car will stop to let a pedestrian cross. Maybe I’ve spent too much time on college campuses in the U.S., but I’m used to pedestrian power.
The title of this post may be a little deceiving, because we did not actually take advantage of the ubiquitous transport-sharing programs in Paris. We were able to walk almost everywhere; when distances were too far, we either took a bus or the Metro. That said, the bike-sharing program was incredible.
I am a Brighton resident living this year in Jena, Germany. Jena is a town of about 100,000 people in central/eastern Germany. Most importantly for this blog, our family of four is here without a car. Over the next nine months, I will be posting about our experiences with active transportation (biking, walking) and public transportation (bus, streetcar, train).