Vélib Expansion


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Vélib, Paris’ bike sharing program, has been so successful that it’s being expanded into the suburbs surrounding the city. Work begins this week near Boulogne-Billancourt, with Les Lilas, Gentilly, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Vincennes, Suresnes, Vanves, Saint-Ouen, and Pantin to follow. The plan is to add an additional 300 stations and 3,300 bikes.

[via Bike-Sharing Blog]

3 Responses to “Vélib Expansion”

  • Larey says:

    I’ve always wondered if the revenue bike rentals generate cover the operating cost. It’s not clear from any of the articles I’ve read about Velib. Either way, it’s a great idea.

    Here’s a web-site our city bike coordinator sent out recently promoting a US based bike share program:

    http://bcycle.com/

    From their voting page “Who wants it more” Fort Collins, CO (my town) looks to be way ahead with 222 (at least from my flyover check), so I’d have to conclude the idea of B-Cycle isn’t exactly catching fire.

  • Dottie says:

    That’s great. Last summer at the bike to work rally, our mayor announced a plan to create a similar plan in Chicago, but I haven’t heard anything about it since. I wonder what the deal is.

  • zazou says:

    the velib subscription and rental fees are nominal granted that you take only short rides (daily subscription for 1 euro, and the rides are free up to 30mn). you can take multiple successive rides as desired, and the velib stations are almost ubiquitous, so this is not a problem.

    the cost of the program is covered by the revenues of advertisement in public spaces conceded to the operator of the system, JC Decaux. JCD is a big outdoor advertisement corporation similar to Clear Channel.

    for more info, see articles in Sustainable Transport Magazine, issues 19 and 20, at
    http://www.itdp.org

 
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