French traffic regulations are now making special provision for cyclists.
GV/SV Heavy traffic in Paris street. (2 SHOTS
CV Cycle lane along main street.
SVs Traffic totally ignoring cycle lanes. (3 SHOTS)
GV Cyclist being squeezed out of cycle lane by bus.
SV/CU PULL BACK TO SV Cyclist pointing to the shortcomings of the new system. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Traffic taking no notice of cycle lanes. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN TO GV Woman cyclist praising the new system.
GVs Man riding a tandem, followed by man on roller skates, both in cycle lane.(2 SHOTS)
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Background: French traffic regulations are now making special provision for cyclists. Two wheelers in Paris now have use of special lanes which, according to the authorities, should make them feel more secure in badly congested traffic condition. The first part of the new network, which should be completed by the autumn, will provide about 30 kilometres of easier travel for two-wheelers, the authorities say. However motorists are merely invited to grant cyclist right of way on those lanes, which run parallel to existing bus lanes. Cyclist say the measures are inadequate. Only totally separate paths will ever protect them against motorists' intolerant and intolerable behaviour on the road, they argue. Motorists are equally despondent. The new lanes, they say, will be of no real value. They will simply worsen present traffic problems. The authorities final verdict on the experiment will dictate its eventual size. If it proves satisfactory, it will be extended, and give the capital's current 150,000 cyclists easy access to ten per cent of all public pathways in the city.