Sunday, July 3, 2011

Vélib'

Velibs, Paris
A Vélib' station with bicycles
Paris, July 2010

5 comments:

Dina said...

All so orderly an nice. It makes me want to ride off with one velo.

cieldequimper said...

I wonder how many of them are broken...

VP said...

Wikipedia says:

At least 3,000 bicycles were stolen in the first year of operation, a number far greater than had been initially anticipated. As of August 2009, of 20,600 bikes introduced into service, about 16,000 - some 80% of the total - have been replaced due to vandalism or theft; of the latter, fully 8,000 were stolen. Stolen Velib bicycles have turned up in the Seine River, in shipping containers destined for North Africa, and in cities as far away as Brasov and Bucharest, Romania. On the streets of Paris, it is now commonplace to see Velib bicycles in their docking stations with flat tires, damaged wheels, missing baskets, and other signs of vandalism.

cieldequimper said...

I thought so...

Tinsie said...

There's something about a row of bicycles that makes it very photogenic :-)