Velib: the Paris bike hire solution

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?’

Velib rates.

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!

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3 Responses to Velib: the Paris bike hire solution

  1. Awesome post; WSU is trying to do something similar. It’d be great to see something on how to get a car-centric mass of students to adopt this system. Here’s WSU’s effort:

  2. ‘bike for hire’ is a creative idea for cities. i’m glad i checked into The Coffee House.

    I live in a university town (London, Canada) and in a section much like a small village.

    I would buy in very quickly and leave the car at home many more times than I already do.


    gord h.

  3. matt says:

    Brian & Gord,

    The Paris Velib project is huge, probably the biggest such scheme on the planet. When the French do something well they do it in spectacular fashion.

    I believe they are aiming for 10,000 bikes, if they haven’t achieved that already!

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