16 February 2015

More Presidents On Bikes

Today is Presidents' Day in the US.

When I was growing up, American schools, banks, post offices and government buildings were closed on the 12th and 22nd of February to commemorate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, respectively.   In 1971, the commemoration of Washington's Birthday was moved to the third Monday in February. Celebration of Lincoln's Birthday was left up to the states.  My home state, New York, is one state that celebrates the President who served during the Civil War.

A little more than two years ago, I wrote a post about Presidents who rode bicycles.  Now I'm going to tell you about two more.  However, they didn't preside over the US.

Here is Nicolas Sarkozy, who preceded Francois Hollande, the current President of France:

And here is Russian President Vladimir Putin   with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev:

Please do not take my inclusion of these photos as approval of any of these leaders' policies, or of my politics generally! I simply approve of the fact that they ride bikes.


  1. And HERE is Angela Merkel on what happened to her bikes: http://izquotes.com/quote/126145

  2. Tony Abbott (Aussie PM) rides a bike. Unfortunately it doesn't really help the cycling scene here as he is not much loved...

  3. Steve--That helps to explain the expression she always seems to have.

    Accordion--That raises an interesting question: Do we really want an unpopular politician to ride a bike?