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6000 Vélib’ Bicycles Damaged or Stolen

Vélib’, the very successful public bike-rental program in Paris, has not been without some problems. Of the 16,000 bikes in circulation, about 3,000 have been stolen and another 3,000 have been intentionally damaged. Three users have died, and there have been numerous complaints about the program—mostly from motorists.

On the bright side, according to an article in Independent Bangladesh, there are 27,000 long term subscribers. Click here to read the whole article.

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  1. BarturtleJuly 25, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Well, the system was paid for by an advertising agency, who got to put up ads at each bike station for free (but still charge the companies advertising). All profits go to the city. I’m betting that the agency is still willing to pay to outfit new stations with stands and bikes in exchange for the ad space they will make a profit off of, and possibly the city might have to be willing to use some of it profits to replace those lost and damaged bikes…either way it’s a wonderful system than any city should be jealous of.

  2. Vélib’ on the Skids at Urban VeloNovember 5, 2009 at 12:03 am

    [...] you’ve been following the Parisian saga that is Vélib’, then you won’t be terribly surprised to learn that 80 percent of the initial 20,600 bicycles [...]

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