Vélo’v’s (pronounced Vayloves) are an extremely cheap (most of the time free actually) and easy to use public bike service which originated in Lyon. Paris also introduced a similar service called the Velib and there are even talks of a similar system being introduced in London.
I’ve never actually been on one until this weekend as I couldn’t see the attraction and to be perfectly honest was scared of riding a bike through Lyon’s traffic. You see, I’m not a very good bike rider and tend to be very wobbly so just the thought of trying to stay by the side of the road is actually quite scary.
But Saturday night was an exception. With plenty of Dutch courage in us, we were definitely too drunk to drive home but (and this is debatable) not drunk enough to try and ride a bike home…
The bikes were fantastic and with no cars hardly on the road at 3am, there’s nothing better than the wind in your hair to sober you up. Or, seeing 3 unmarked police cars full of police who are looking you up and you start wondering whether it is illegal to ride a bike when you’re drunk and whether they can put points on your driving license?
I’m still not sure on this one and after looking at the Vélo’v website and finding nothing in their T&C’s about drink driving I still don’t know, but I do know that I was less of a danger to anyone else riding a bike on the pavement at that time of night than if I’d tried to drive a car home.