Vélib Celebrates One Year

Today marks one year since Paris’ Vélib bike-sharing system was introduced. Vélib is the largest bike-sharing system in the world with 1,451 stations, 20,600 bicycles, and over 3 million subscribers generating $10 million in revenues for the city. In its first year, Vélib users took over 25 million bike trips, with an estimated 10% replacing car trips. Improved air quality, reduced congestion, and a generally better quality of life for the city’s residents are all benefits resulting from the bike-sharing system. However you look at it, Vélib has been a stunning success.

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7 Responses to “Vélib Celebrates One Year”

  • Swizz... says:


    Sounds like Paris has made a pretty investment in its system to make it work too which is nice to hear.

  • Rick says:

    I am confused. It said that 30 minutes was free, and that you could bring the bike back to the station and then get another 30 minutes for free. Does this mean you can bring the bike to any Velib station, or does it have to be the same one you checked the bike out from?

  • Alan says:


    Your bike can be returned to any open slot at any station.

  • Terry says:

    Velib looks like a success, which is encouraging. I can’t help but wonder how such an infrastructure would be received in a place like Chicago or New York City. Are there issues with Velib bike theft or vandalization?

    I liked the point that the system is essentially another component or mode of public transportation.

  • Alexander López says:

    The Vélib bikes are custom-made for the system, and things like brakes and chains are covered to allow access only for Vélib technicians. I haven’t been able to find security data about Vélib bikes being vandalized, but it doesn’t seem to be a big problem. I mean, if it were a big issue, the system would have been shut down already.

    What I like about it is the experience the are gaining with this. Future bike-sharing programs all around the world will have to study Vélib’s achievements, just as happened last century with cities who wanted to build a subway system and asked for help from Paris and London’s underground transportation.

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