The ambitious bicycle sharing program in Paris is a model for smart transportation policy. It is revolutionizing the city’s street culture while also tackling rising energy costs and global climate change.
Renting stations are quickly becoming places to meet friends and strangers. Jay Walljasper, PPS Senior Fellow and blogger for National Geographic’s The Ecopolitan, writes:
“Borrowing a bright idea from Lyon, France, the city is developing what amounts to a two-wheeled version of the metro. You can pick up a bike at one of 1500 Velib (roughly, “free bike”) stations around the city and ride it where you need to go for free or a nominal fee. Since last summer 15,000 bikes have been put on the streets, with another 5,000 to be added by the end of the year. The next step is adding more bike lanes and other improvements that make it easier and more fun to cycle around Paris.”