The bike sharing system of Paris, also known as Vélib', is all over the city, and is best way to discover the Paris of Parisian. The number of peddling Parisians has almost doubled in the last 6 months. Launched on July 14, 2007 with 10,000 bikes and 750 stations, the velib business has grown a great deal, having 20,000 bikes and 1,400 stations by 2008.
So this is how it works :
Step 1 : Subscribe
Option 1 : Buy an online ticket on velib web site for 1 day or 7 days.
After you've signed up online, you will be sent your confirmation code via email.
Option 2 : By a ticket directly on a Vélib' station
Go to the screen at the Vélib' station
Press 1 to buy a ticke
Create your personnal 4-digit Vélib' PIN
Proceed to payment and pre-authorized guarantee deposit (150€) with Vis, Mastercard, American Express or JCB cards.
Keep your ticket with your subscription number
Step 2 : Choose your Vélib'
Look for a Vélib' attached to a bike stand showing a green light
Check tires and brakes, adjust the saddle height
Look at the number written on the bike stand you have selected : you will need it later
Step 3 : Borrow a Vélib'