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This is also a warning then - if you are out and about at this time, be careful crossing streets because oncoming rollers do not make much noise and usually do not have bike lights or license plates of any kind - and they can be coming on fast.

If you add the rollers to all of the cyclists, the lanes for them and the buses, the increasing popularity of all of them; the sum looks like less and less street area for cars. If it keeps up aphoto: velo taxi critical cross-over point will arrive, when motorists abandon their jalopies for big or little free-wheelers.

The massive sundial at the Place de la Concorde has been sort of a flop since the only people who can see it clearly are birds. All the same, Mayor Tiberi is persisting with the idea of closing most of the huge place to auto traffic.

If he pulls this off, I hope he expects the bike and roller people to show up at the Hôtel de Ville with dozens of petitions for closing less important thoroughfares. If he hasn't thought this through, he is going to get a surprise.

Right now, sitting at Concorde, there is a Vélo Taxi stand. Is this the future for Paris' transport? Walking, cycling, rollering, cyclecabs, the buses and Batobus. And of course, the good old métro goes everywhere - mostly on time and mostly all the time.

It is starting to look like regular cars have a dim future in Paris.

photo: cool poolBlue Lagoon - is a spare photo, taken a few weeks ago, that normally would have no place in Metropole. I put it in here for all the people who have been visiting Paris this past week, who might have been wishing they were elsewhere. Next year, 2000 if you dare, you can go elsewhere.

Next year, my neighborhood swimming pool will be open again. You know where I'll be.

Metropole's Summer Guide:- appeared in Issue 4.27 in the form of two extra pages in addition to the 'Scene' column. You can quickly get to these by hitting this link to the issue's home page, of by taping on All Past Issues at the top and bottom of most pages in Metropole.

This week's 'Scene' column has gotten a bit longer even after cutting out all the out-of-date events concerning Paris' Ottoman season - which is nearly over.

Over the past weeks I've found myself typing 'La Villette' a lot so I went out there and had a look around. Around midday not much was happening outside; but I added even more nighttime and weekend activities and put them into their own 'events' page, called 'A Multi-Theme Park.'

Doing this isn't handy from a 'events-calendar' point of view, but the 'Scene' page is far too long. This is a problem I'm going to sleep on in the hope that when I wake up I have a sensible solution to 'too many events' to fit in it.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 3.31 - 3. August 1998 - This issue featured - even less - Café Metropole - 'Don't Bring Your Laundry Here' and the 'Au Bistro' column had 'Siestas Are Good For You.' This issue had only one feature, entitled 'In the Jardin d'Acclimatation Wonderland.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Siesta School'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 152 more stupendously sunny and occasionally very hot Ile-de-France summer days to go until the next really big depressing weather front comes along..
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