An interesting article in the Sept. 22 issue of the Economist about urban rantal bikes in Paris (and elsewhere). I have transcribed one paragraph here:
Velib' (for vélo, or bicycle, and liberté, or freedom) has since taken Paris by storm. More than 10,000 bikes have been installed at 750 docking stations, which is half of the scheme's eventual capacity, says Jean- Francois Decaux, the sone of the [company's founder]. The bicycles have been used by 4m people so far, who have clocked up 100,000 rides a day. Last week Jean-Francois was in Moscow for talks with the mayor, who is keen to introduce a similar scheme there. The mayor of Chicago also expressed interest in importing Velib' diring a recent visit to Paris. [end of excerpt]
The article goes on to say that a one-day pass costs 1 euro ($1.30), with weekly and monthly passes available. Rides must be short - you can't keep the bike. There is a 150 euro security deposit. Credit cards only.
Has anyone (a British reader presumeably) used one of these? What kind of bikes are they? Sounds like a great scheme for the city.