Archive for April, 2011
The Arc de Triumphe is surrounded by the Place Charles de Gaulle roundabout, the busiest and most dangerous roundabout in the world. So dangerous is it that most insurance companies won’t insure you if you crash in the middle of the roundabout. Why is it so busy? Not only is it one of Paris’ main interchanges, it also leads to one of the most famous shopping districts in the world, the Champs Élysées. It’s a busy street that until a few years ago didn’t allow chain stores — but of course, now that chain stores have been allowed the beating heart of Paris is filled with Tommy Hilfigers, Hugo Bosses and the ubiquitous H&Ms. I figured there wasn’t better place to try biking on Paris’ excellent Velib bike program. Here I am, navigating the most dangerous roundabout in the world on a public bicycle in the city of lights.