Well, over the course of reading many papers and articles about Vélib’, I found myself thinking often, yes, it’s cool that there are 20,000 Vélib’s rolling about the streets of Paris, and yes, it’s cool that Vélib’ can boast of almost 250,000 subscribers, but just who are these people pedaling the Vélib’s?
Spring is in the air, and Bixi rolls the streets of Montréal:
At this point we’ve discussed the history of bikeshare, the origins of Vélib’, the safety of riding in the streets of Paris, the network of stations, and a bit on the bicycles themselves. Infrastructure aside, it’s time to focus on the squishy parts in between that link the physical elements of bikeshare together: the actual Vélib’ operation itself.
Not being markedly car-friendly is not the same thing as being cyclist-friendly. Thus in 2001 when the Delanoë administration wanted to make a dent in the vehicular traffic cramming itself through Paris’ streets, it needed to shape the existing urban environment to be more proactively friendly to cyclists.
International bike headlines from the past two weeks:
Ok, after four months in France, it’s time to take stock of what I know about Vélib’, bikesharing, and the bicycle scene in Paris.
The “Scott, pierce Steiner!” edition: News of the past week plus what I missed over Christmas and NYE