Paris Bike Scheme

February 11, 2009

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JCDecaux – the company that runs the Velib bicycle rental scheme (literally a combination of: velo – Bike, and liberte – freedom) in Paris has run into problems due to escalating costs. Indeed, it is suggesting that it can no longer afford to operate the city network as a private business model. Of the 15,000 specially made bicycles, over half have been stolen or vandalised.

“Since the scheme’s launch, nearly all the original bicycles have been replaced at a cost of 400 euros ($519, £351) each. The Velib bikes….have also fallen victim to a craze known as “velib extreme”. Various videos have appeared on YouTube showing riders taking the bikes down the steps in Montmartre, into metro stations and being tested on BMX courses.”

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7881079.stm

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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