Velib Bike Hire Starts Kids’ Rental Program
PARIS, France – Seven years after the launch of the most well-known bike rental scheme, the French capital will offer the world’s first self-service city rental bike for kids.
The city authorities in Paris have decided that their Velib rental bike program is so popular it should be extended to children as of two years old.
“Because good habits begin early, we wish to familiarize children with using more environmentally friendly modes of transport, and from a young age, said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo last Wednesday at the presentation of the P’tit Velib. The P’tit Velib offers four sizes of bicycles in five leafy off-road locations across the city.
The new children’s bikes are available to rent in the Bois de Boulogne near the Porte La Muette and the Rond-Point du Jardin d’Acclimitation, the Ourcq Canal, the Bois de Vincennes and the banks of the Seine, between the Pont des Invalides and the Pont De l’Alma.
130 million trips
Velib was launched in July 2007 and has now more than 20,000 bikes available from 1,800 docking stations around Paris. The service was reportedly used to make 130 million trips in its first five years.