La Vie à Lyon

Living, learning and loving in Lyon !

Stereotypes in action…

After almost taking out yet another motorbike rider, I feel the need to vent a little! French drivers – arrrruughhh! They’re too fast, they’re too close, they toot the instant the light turns green, their use of blinkers is non-existant and they scoot across to the wrong side of the road if there’s a parking spot available there.

Motorbike riders are the worst though. There’s the normal annoyance where they ride to the front of the line at the traffic lights, but here, if they can’t get past on the road – which is often the case because the streets are very narrow – they just take the footpath to get there. I’ve even seen them then take the pedestrian crossing at the red light and keep on going! They overtake anywhere they like – in a roundabout, around a corner, on my inside or my outside!

The road toll here last year was almost 4000 – 3970, to be exact. Motorbike riders alone made up more than twice Australia’s total road toll (704 / 287). I know there’s three times the people in France, but three times our road toll is nowhere near 3970 (it’s 861…)!

Yes, maybe I exaggerate a little – they’re not all like that – but the road toll is no exaggeration.

Calmement, Frenchies, calmement!



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