Paris Set for Invasion of Self-Service Bicycles
By the end of the year JCDecaux has undertaken to set up 1,451 stations, where customers can use swipe-cards to rent some 20,600 cycles for journeys around the capital. The bikes can be deposited at any station, and then picked up by new users.
A similar system has been run by JCDecaux since 2005 in the southeastern city of Lyon, where city authorities have hailed it as a major success in the campaign to reduce motor transport. France's second largest city Lyon adopted the system in May 2005. It has been a huge success, with people combining cycles and other modes of transport to reach work or leisure destinations.
- 2,000 bicycles and 175 pick up/drop off ranks installed
- Up to 16,000 rentals per day
- Each bicycle used by up to 15 people each day
- Average journey time is 17 minutes and 1.7 miles in distance
- In 10 months users cycled 2.5 million miles - the same as travelling from the Earth to the Moon ten times.