Vélo de Poste...and a quick comment
I was looking through some photos of a trip I took to Paris with my son last July when I came across this photo of a mail carrier's bike (click here, here, and here to see more photos from that trip). I remember seeing this bike locked to a railing and thinking how much sense its design made...I wished I could ride it. The enormous front basket and sturdy rear rack could carry everything you'd need, I suppose. Bikes, in many instances--but not all, of course--are the answer to many of our transportation issues. I'm just saying...
Also, I wanted to mention that I will be away from my computer for a few days so I'll likely not be posting until Monday or so. Until then, peace.