Friday, July 27, 2007

Paris' new bike transit system

Paris' new bike transit system is really neat! Called Velib' (site is only in French), it allows anybody in the city to pick up and drop off any of the 10,648 bicycles throughout the city at 750 locations. The city expects to have a Velib’ station approximately every 900 feet for a total of 1,451 locations and 20,600 bikes by the end of the year.

To access the Velib' bikes, you can select a one-day card for 1 euro, a weekly card for 5 euros or an annual card for 29 euros. After the purchase of an access card, riding for the first half-hour is free and a supplement of 1 euro will be charged for an additional half-hour, 2 euros for another 30-minutes and 4 euros for every addition half-hour after that.

Each Velib’ parking station will be equipped with muni-meters to purchase one and 7-day passes and to pay any additional charges once the bike is dropped off. The Velib’ meters will also provide information on other station locations.

(Thanks Antoine)

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