Rental Bicycles in Paris
Vélib' (French: vélo libre or vélo liberté, English: free bicycle or bicycle freedom) is a public bicycle rental programme in Paris, France. The initiative was pushed by Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë of the French Socialist Party. The system was launched on 15 July 2007, following Lyon's Vélo'v success and the 1974 pioneering scheme in La Rochelle. Ten thousand bicycles were introduced to the city with 750 automated rental stations each with fifteen or more bikes/spaces. This number has since grown to 20,000 bicycles and 1,639 stations, roughly one station every 300 metres throughout the city centre, making Vélib' the largest system of its kind in the world.
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