A specially reserved parking space for Jacques Dubochet’s bike was unveiled on Monday 29 January in front of the Biophore building.
‘When we asked him what he’d like, he replied without hesitation, a parking space for my bike! ‘ recalls Nouria Hernandez, UNIL rector. In a nod to the practices of other universities, particularly Berkeley (USA), where parking spaces are reserved for the cars of Nobel laureates, the Rectorate of UNIL offered Jacques Dubochet a parking space for his bicycle. Located to the north of the Biophore and emblazoned with the name of the honorary professor, it was unveiled on Monday 29 January before members of the Rectorate.
Arriving on the scene astride his bike, fluorescent yellow helmet strapped firmly on his head, Jacques Dubochet welcomed the news with enthusiasm. His bike, purchased a few years ago from the Morges bike exchange underwent a cosmetic work for the occasion: ‘A new chain and a thorough cleaning’, he reveals jokingly.
For nearly thirty years, the Nobel laureate has made about 40% of his trips from Morges to Dorigny using the power of his legs. ‘And not a single accident!’ A fervent defender of his little queen, he took the event as an opportunity to protest against the poor state of the roads. ‘I still have one hope: that one day, we’ll have a real cycle path from Lausanne to Morges.’