Thursday, April 24, 2008

Postcard fom Vienna

Like Copenhagen and some other European cities, Vienna is endowed with a fabulous network of dedicated cycle paths with which you can get anywhere, from a quick city-centre tour to a spin round Johann Strauss' eponymous Vienna Woods that surround the city. Visitors may hire cycles from various outlets, including a city-bike station where you can insert your credit card into a machine, select your bike and then release it from the stand. You can return it to any of the 50+ such stations located around Vienna.

A typical city-bike station.
The credit card control unit is in the centre of the row of bikes

After a quick buzz round the inner ring to see some of the palaces and state buildings, I headed off east to the Danube. There is a long flat low-lying island that runs down the centre of the river, which is effectively dedicated as a 30-mile long playground where you can do cycling (from 'professional cyclists' to tourists like me), walking, roller-blading, kite-flying or even messing around with radio-controlled models.

City bike ride on the Danube island.
Bikes are simple but robust,
with front brake and fixed wheel as rear brake

(Posted by: Maalie)

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At 11:09 am, May 07, 2008, Blogger TCA said...


Thank you for taking the trouble to send us a report.


At 11:13 am, May 07, 2008, Blogger Maalie said...

It was like driving tank, trying to ride that thing. Good fun though, but there were strange projecting bits that was easy to bang against (the locking mechanism etc) so I ended up with bruises on my knees and thumb :-(

At 11:17 am, May 07, 2008, Blogger Maalie said...

I note from the lower picture that the Danube in the background looks eponymously blue :-)

At 12:29 pm, May 09, 2008, Blogger Merisi said...

It all looks very stylish, even the Danube decked out in blue! Maybe I should try to get a license to drive a tank too?

At 7:26 am, May 13, 2008, Blogger simon said...

it looks like a tank Maalie! Awful in reality but a great post!


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