Velib city bikes waiting for riders outside Bibliothèque François Mitterrand.  Although they all look identical it’s worth giving a bike a quick look over before you swipe your card to unlock it.

 

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Flat tyres and wobbly saddles are easy to detect.  The bike that’s stuck in bottom (or top) gear doesn’t reveal itself until you’re on your way.  A saddle that’s turned round backwards is a warning from  the previous rider.

A note to readers interested in traffic planning:  the concrete kerb divides two way bike traffic from two lanes of cars.  It’s safe and convenient for cyclists but a little confusing for unwary pedestrians trying to cross the road without waiting for the lights.