And Paris isn’t the only city getting into the act.
Read all about it in this NY Time article from Sunday:
Memo From Barcelona–
European Support for Bicycles Promotes Sharing of the Wheels
A customer of Bicing, Barcelonaâ€™s bicycle-sharing program. For a yearly fee of about $30, each user receives an electronic card that can be used to check out and return bicycles from 375 stands scattered about the city.
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
Published: November 9, 2008
BARCELONA, Spain â€” In increasingly green-conscious Europe, there are said to be only two kinds of mayors: those who have a bicycle-sharing program and those who want one.
Over the last several years, the programs have sprung up and taken off in dozens of cities, on a scale no one had thought possible and in places where bicycling had never been popular.
The sharing plans include not just Parisâ€™s VÃ©libâ€™, with its 20,000 bicycles, but also wildly popular programs with thousands of bicycles in major cities like Barcelona and Lyon, France. There are also programs in Pamplona, Spain; Rennes, France; and DÃ¼sseldorf, Germany. Even Rome, whose narrow, cobbled streets and chaotic traffic would seem unsuited to pedaling, recently started a small trial program, Romaâ€™nâ€™Bike, which it plans to expand soon.
entire article here.