Driving in Paris is a lot of fun.
Dangerous, sure. But fun.
Riding a bike in Paris?
Not quite brave enough for that just yet.
But they do make it easy for you to give it a try.
For about a year, the Velib - "velocipede libre" - system has been offering rental bikes at computerized bike stands scattered across the city.
Pop in your credit card (the French really have, um, mastered credit cards) or a pre-paid dedicated card, remove one of the pretty silver two-wheelers, et voila.
Drop it off at that or any other stand, and Robert est ton oncle.
The first half-hour is even free - and try getting something for free in Paris.
After that, it's a euro - about a buck-sixty - per half hour.
Except for Montmartre, Paris is generally not very hilly, although apparently the bikes do sometimes tend to congregate at the lower-lying stations and have to be trucked back up-hill.
Otherwise, Paris is an ideal bike town. Apart from the automotive and moped traffic of course.
The system has been spectacularly successful - eleven million trips in the first four months of operation. One probably-unintended consequence is that sales of regular bicycles have increased 35 percent in the past year as Parisians discover that biking is maybe the best way to navigate this complex but gorgeous city.
There have been various attempts to do something similar with cars in many cities - rent one for a single trip; drop it off near to your destination.
But cars of course don’t fit so well into the bike racks.
Other cities are looking into the Velib plan. Will Toronto be one of them?
That I might try.