Vélib is a Self Service “bike hire” system available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Paris.
It has been funded by Parisians forgoing advertising revenue to their city. The media giant JCDecaux runs the bike scheme & in return gets free advertising space throughout Paris (e.g. on bus shelters). More on how the scheme is run from this press release.
Multi pick up and drop off location allows you to pick up your bike from one service point and drop off to another. Collecting your bike couldn’t be easier! Just go up to any of their self service stations :
- Identify yourself on the terminal
- Access the menu
- Choose your bike and you’re on your way.
The first 30 minutes of every journey are always free of charge. You can hire for a day, week or annually. One hour on a short hire costs 4 euros/£2.85/$5.85.
For more info see ‘How does it work?’
For a location map of bike station locations click here.
I’ve personally seen these in action. They’re very popular. Especially on strike days!