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I've been reading some amazing stuff (in French, so I won't bother reposting it here) about the French government's crackdown on motorcycles, esp. in Paris. Apparently the police have been handing out lots of tickets for "filtering" (lane-splitting), towing bikes parked on the sidewalk, etc. Motorcyclists throughout France held huge protests last weekend, but the enforcement continues.

So, consider this a heads-up if you happen to be traveling through France. :(
 

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Motorcyclists throughout France held huge protests last weekend, but the enforcement continues.
I suppose a strike will be next?
 

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Silly french. If they are not running scared from something................crap I got nothing.......:beatnik:

The french are irrelevant to me.
 

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Eh?

Plus ca change, plus c'est la memchose.
 

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What's really newsworthy is the fact that the French government is cracking down on France's anarchic motorcyclists.

If the law against lane-splitting survives, it would be pretty much the only country in Europe to prohibit it.

Anyway, I posted this in the Euro forum, thinking some of our friends across the pond might find it useful -- especially with a long holiday weekend coming up. Our British brethren, in particular, can quite often be found riding in France, since it's kind of in the way of any other place they might want to visit in Europe.
 

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I went to Paris over Thanksgiving and the place was full of motorcyclists, mostly scooters, but many others. They lane split and at intersections, they pull out in front of the cars waiting for the light. The bikes are parked in every open location possible. The men were riding wearing suits and long overcoats and I saw several women wearing high heels on scooters.

All very cool!







My favorite pic :thumbup:

 

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Did you ride/drive Paris?!? I live in Germany where lane splitting is technically illegal but NOT enforced as long as the rider does it "safely." I've driven thru Paris as a cager - they are freakin' nuts! Forget the whole "safely" thing, call me an MSF stooge (I'm a RiderCoach) but I think their fatality counts and accidents CAUSED by this recklessness justify law enforcement actions. The Paris "free-for-all" is not motorcycling - it's impatience coupled with "no place to park a nice car if I could afford one" status.
Dave in Heidelberg
PS Don't get me wrong, Paris is OK and I DO like the French - as a matter of fact, going to Paris then Normandy next week : )~
 

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I did not ride or drive while in Paris. I was with my daughter, and while I wouldn't mind hitting the road myself, I definitely wouldn't enter that madness with my kid in tow.

You are right, they are a bit extreme, but I liked seeing so many people on two wheels.
 

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Eh?

Nice Rush reference.....obscure!
Ah.... that phrase, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." has been around a lot longer than Rush which by the way, were just pimply fased high school kids from rural southern Ontario playing at the Saturday night dances when I was in school. Awesome band though and I can say I saw them when they we're nobodys playing for peanuts.
 

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Awesome band though and I can say I saw them when they we're nobodys playing for peanuts.
I saw Brian Adams open for Loverboy in Halifax. It was obvious then he was a great performer.

How old am I again?
 

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Did you ride/drive Paris?!? I live in Germany where lane splitting is technically illegal but NOT enforced as long as the rider does it "safely." I've driven thru Paris as a cager - they are freakin' nuts!
Same here. And yeah, Paris is probably the scariest place I've ever driven! I also almost got run over by a motorcycle (a big BMW as I recall) riding on the sidewalk.

Still, I think the French bikers have a valid point, which is that if motorcycles are forced to follow the same rules as cars (e.g. by banning lane-splitting), traffic will get much worse. I'm sure there are many here in California who would eagerly support such a rule change too -- let's hope it never comes up for a public vote. ;)
 

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Heh,heh

I saw Brian Adams open for Loverboy in Halifax. It was obvious then he was a great performer.

How old am I again?
According to the test I just took online my brain is six years younger than I am, which ain't sayin' much. I'm almost 60, look almost 50 and feel almost 80 sometimes. Must be all them cheeseburgers and cokes.:green_lol:
 
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