SCOTT SIMON, Host:
Eleanor Beardsley sends this report.
(SOUNDBITE OF MOTOR)
ELEANOR BEARDSLEY: Unidentified Man: Ca va?
BEARDSLEY: People are saying hi to me in their cars. It's a good way to meet people, I think. The bike is very sturdy. It's got a basket in front to carry things, a gear change, a lock to lock it up if you want to stop for a cafe. And then most importantly...
(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)
BEARDSLEY: It's got a bell to ward off those crazy Parisian drivers.
(SOUNDBITE OF CAR HORN)
BEARDSLEY: As I turned my cycle in, I asked fellow rider, Daniel Breda, what he thinks about it all.
DANIEL BREDA: Yes. Yes, I like it very much. I use it every day. I am retired, so I have all my time and I use it to visit Paris. I figure you need about one hour, one hour and a half per day.
BEARDSLEY: How much does that cost you?
BREDA: Nothing because I change. Every 30 minutes I change, so it's free.
BEARDSLEY: For NPR News, I'm Eleanor Beardsley in Paris.
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