While Lisa was speaking on Sunday, I'd decided to rent a motorcycle to go visit the Camargue Park, a large wetland area that's one of the premier birding spots in Europe.
This is a Honda CBF650, not sold here. It's a great size and weight for slinging around town, yet sturdy enough to be fine on secondary roads up to 110 kph or so. Very frugal on gas too.
There's no reason not to park on a sidewalk, as any civilized country would agree.