Liberté, Égalité – Gourmet?

The #SocialTestride makes a stop in Paris.

The lucky participants.

The lucky participants.

The French #SocialTestride group was made up of enthusiastic two-wheelers. Among them was Hervé Laurent, a committed electromobility convert, owner of several electric vehicles, and the developer of his own e-scooter prototype. He was joined by scooter and motorcycle owners Leo Trevisan, Paul Tran and Nicolas Bischoff, all with daily commutes in and out of the Parisian region and most interested in finding out how to move around the French capital in a more sustainable way. They were joined by Cédric Munier, owner of the Le Dôme du Marais restaurant. Their expert guide for the day was Gilles Dronneau, a BMW enthusiast with an in-depth knowledge of the city and the C evolution, having been involved with the e-scooter’s recent press launch activity. He had already become involved at the unveiling of the e-scooter to the press, and his promise was a simple one: to show the riders – and film crew – as many of the city's hotspots that could be squeezed into an enjoyable day's riding.

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Perfectly equipped through Paris.

Perfectly equipped through Paris.

Equipped with smartphones to photograph and post pictures on Instagram for all their friends and followers worldwide to see, a grand total of seven BMW C evolutions hit the streets of Paris. Jumping on the back of the two spare e-scooters was a photographer and a journalist. The Parisian city traffic is legendary, and there hardly seem to be any rules. But who cares, with this backdrop? All day long, the group rides past historic and modern sights – it was almost like a film on an endless loop. The ease with which the C evolution mastered every challenge was also impressive: dynamic, agile, comfortable and straightforward.

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The finest moments of the tour.

See and be seen.

See and be seen.

From city Autoroute to Boulevard, Avenue to Rue, the Parisian #SocialTestride offered the participants and crew the complete riding experience on board the C evolution. The group tried riding with passengers and tested the various riding modes. And just like in Amsterdam – the moment they stopped anywhere, there were a load of curious questions from tourists, locals, other two-wheelers, bus and taxi drivers. Only the car drivers seemed to remain impartial, 'cocooned' as they were in their steel boxes, oblivious to most things around them and only noticing the white, green and black machines gliding silently past them and cutting through the traffic with ease.

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All stations on the #SocialTestride in Paris at a glance.

Station 1: Palais de Tokyo.

Station 1: Palais de Tokyo.

The Palais de Tokyo is a real Parisian melting pot of art, fashion and lifestyle - the perfect hotspot at which to enjoy the city's rich diversity. In the centre for contemporary art, innovations are quickly recognised with a keen sense and exhibited. Trendsetters, fashion agents and anyone who wants to be a little ahead of the times bustle around the complex. In short: precisely the right patch for the C evolution.

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Station 2: Le Dôme du Marais.

Station 2: Le Dôme du Marais.

The #SocialTestride in Paris made a stop in the majestic ambience of the over 200-year-old pawnshop, which is a listed building today. Lunch was taken here at the famous Dôme du Marais restaurant on the Rue des Francs Bourgeois. Owner and e-scooter fan Cédric Munier greeted the group and explained his approach towards the sustainability of his restaurant. And how important it is to know where the ingredients for his dishes come from. Cédric explained his philosophy of buying everything locally in order to avoid unnecessary transportation directly in practice.

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Station 3: Marché Charonne.

Station 3: Marché Charonne.

Cédric didn't hesitate long before leaping onto a C evolution scooter to accompany the group to the market. The market where he gets the ingredients for his restaurant. Even the arrival of heavy rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the #SocialTestriders. The love for fresh groceries and the diversity on offer at the various stalls had a really contagious effect.

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Station 4: Comptoir General.

Station 4: Comptoir General.

This place is a veritable Mecca for Parisian art, culture and cuisine. Here, you can feel the pulsating of time and nevertheless feel captured by the charm of the old city – a really curious place. The memory of an old stables is omnipresent. On a space of 600 sqm, a bistro, a bar and a café invite people to dwell here today. A curiosity cabinet and a type of second hand shop for books and clothing in the mezzanine leave no time for boredom.

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Station 5: Chez Moustache.

Station 5: Chez Moustache.

By the end of the day, the participants had put a 10-hour and 90-kilometre round trip through Paris behind them. Which of course left a great deal to discuss, a great many impressions to share and maybe even new plans to forge. And how better to do this than alongside good food? And so the last place on what after all was also a culinary trip was the "Moustache", a venue as cool as it was cosy. The refined dishes from the experimental kitchen were a fitting and perfect way to round off the day.

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The BMW C evolution

A new movement.

The fast-paced growth of the world's cities is posing fresh challenges: roads are fuller, distances longer, parking spaces more difficult to find. With the electrically powered C evolution, BMW Motorrad is already providing modern solutions for tomorrow's urban mobility.

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