Video: The Velib Project

More on the Vélib Project: this video shows the bicycles in action during the opening week. The Vélib was an instant success with Parisians clocking one million rides by the end of week two.

The video is presented by Eric Britton, founder of the Paris-based New Mobility Agenda, who says "I have looked at more than a thousand transportation projects around the world over the last 30 years…and this is the best project I have ever seen."

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More Bike-Sharing Photos From Paris

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Luc Nadal of the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy snapped these photos of Parisians utilizing Velib, their city’s popular new bike-sharing service. As Eric Britton, founder of the Paris-based New Mobility Agenda notes in this video, the first half hour of bike rental is free.

Reports of Vélib’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated

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A recent BBC story describes the severity of theft and vandalism faced by Vélib, Paris's wildly popular bike-share network, as a mortal threat to the system. So is Vélib destined to burn brightly only to flare out after a short time? Hardly. Vélib is here to stay, according to officials and transportation experts familiar with the details of its operations.

Happy Birthday, Vélib

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Here’s another transportation policy success story from France. The Vélib bike-sharing system celebrates its one-year anniversary today. In April, Streetfilms’ Elizabeth Press was in Paris to learn more about it. Here is her video and report: On July 15, 2007 Paris debuted the world’s largest self-service "bicycle transit system" called Vélib outdoing previously designed bike […]

How Happy Are Parisians With Vélib?

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  The latest figures from the Paris Vélib bike sharing program are in. User stats and survey results are posted on the official web site, but for those who don’t parlez Français, here’s a summary: Rides to date: 20 million Average trips/day: 70,000 Average trip time: 18 minutes 190,000 annual pass holders 42% of users […]

Vélib Film Screening Tonight

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We interrupt our post-election coverage to remind everyone of tonight’s Vélib film screening. Seats are still available. Here are the deets: Please join Janette Sadik-Khan, Transportation Commissioner of New York City, for the world premiere of "Paris: Vélo Liberté" from the critically acclaimed PBS series e²: the economies of being environmentally conscious. The screening will […]

Next Wednesday: Vélib on the Silver Screen

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As if there’s not enough reason to be jittery with anticipation for next week’s events, mark this on your calendars: Please join Janette Sadik-Khan, Transportation Commissioner of New York City, for the world premiere of Paris: Vélo Liberté from the critically acclaimed PBS series e²: the economies of being environmentally conscious. The screening will be […]