The Bicycle Diaries – BBC Podcast

As the green shoot of recession continue to be nurtured by the media and the cost of driving grows higher and higher, cycling is growing in stature. It is cheap, healthy and great fun but although it seems this boom in pedal-powered transport is a new trend and restricted to the 1st World, The BBC have just launched The Bicycle Diaries. A three part radio series on the World Service that will illustrate how the bicycle is used today, what impact it has on people's lives and the place the bicycle has found in every society. 

Since its invention in 1817 people have redesigned and used the bike for hundreds of different purposes.
From sporting events and policing the streets to sharpening knives and selling ice cream.
Using a lot of leg power, the Bicycle Diaries journeys into three different places around the world to discover the communities and people for whom two wheels are better than four.

First bicycle

Program one visits Paris, France where a new bicycle transit system called the Velib has been installed.
Twenty thousand bikes have been made available and can be used free of charge for up to half an hour per ride. 

They allow Parisians and tourists alike to get from A to B at their own pace, and to rediscover the beauty of the city at the same time. 

The montage of voices in the programme include the Velib's designer and Parisian residents.
They talk about the bicycle's design features, how they use the system, the journeys they take, and how has the Velib has changed the city.

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