Sunday, May 27, 2007

i want to ride my bicyclette


Velib, Paris' super cheap new rent-a-bike service, will be up and running [or rolling?] later this summer....read on for the scoop:

- bikes can be rented in any of the 1000 stations scattered throughout the city [with over 14,000 bikes available]; bike stations will be near metros for easy access
- prices start at just 1 euros for a day's rental, to 5 euros for a week and 29 euros for a year; you can simply pay by credit card at one of the bike pick-up stations, or beforehand online on the Velib website
- the 3-speed bikes are equiped with a handy basket, adjustable seats, a locking system with key, and lights

The service seems to be aimed more at locals than at tourists, as the site is only in French....but hopefully they'll expand as the project grows -- by the end of the year, there should be over 20,000 bikes available! A great [and green] way to see Paris.

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