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Cabu, Paris and Vélib: a slightly bitter aftertaste

Cabu is the pseudonym of Jean Cabut a prolific cartoonist who has illustrated Parisian life for over 50 years. The city held a fine exhibit of his work this past winter. Here is a sample of his Parisian drawings from a website:
Cabu on Linternaute Paris

However, the drawing that Cabu has just done for an ad campaign recently appearing on kiosks and in print for the City is a bit less Joli-Paris than usual. It concerns the city’s Velib Program, a network of bicycle stations all over the city where Parisians and visitors can pick up bicycles, ride around the city and then drop them off. The program has hit a snag,.. the exact problem that would pop up in any New Yorker’s mind at the mere mention of such a scheme: a high rate of vandalism. According to this ad, 16,000 bikes have been vandalized and another 8,000 stolen. (The New Yorkers say, “Well, … duh!) The cartoon says, “It’s easy to destroy a Velib, it can’t defend itself,” hoping to shame those people who would damage the bikes just for kicks. Will such an appeal have any effect? Do such people have any shame? It remains to be seen.

This ad for the City of Paris admonishes those who have vandalized or stolen the city's free bicycles.

This ad for the City of Paris admonishes those who have vandalized or stolen the city's free bicycles.

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June 24, 2009 - Posted by | daily life | , , , , , , ,

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