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Paris Diary: Not Enough Vélibs
Paris’ public bike system, the Vélib, is a great success, so much so that it is often hard or even impossible to find a bike. The Vélib iPhone app tells you in real time where you are (I’ve highlighted my location in yellow below), where the closest bike stations are, and how many bicycles are available at each station (and how many free spaces there are, too — if you press the “Déposer” (drop off) button.
As regards availability, look at the number of gray balloons indicating no bikes are to be had at a stand at midday, and how many stands have only 1-2 bikes at them. One more wrinkle: when a bike has been placed at a stand, and it has a flat tire, detached chain, broken gears, or any number of disabling features, it is still listed as available. Obviously, improvements are needed, but Paris’ bike program is here to stay, and it will be duplicated in more cities that just New York.
The entire Vélib system would not work without the Internet, which enables the tracking of bikes borrowed and returned, and the above app, which we use constantly.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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