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Pay As You Go Pedal Power!

By Lindsey Last edited 115 months ago
Pay As You Go Pedal Power!
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Hot on the heels of the pay as you go pups comes brilliant news that Ken Livingstone has ordered a feasibility study into a pay as you go bike scheme for London.

We were in Paris the other week and saw the excellent Vélib' (freedom bike) set up. Specially designed, heavy grey cycles are stationed at bike stands all over the city, available for hire for as little as 1 Euro for half an hour. Riders can pick them up, cycle about and drop them off at their destination - the special, secure bike stations are located every 300m in the city.

Locals can pay an annual subscription of about £20, along with a credit card deposit, whilst sporadic users and visitors can buy daily or weekly cards to give them access to the funky and easily accessible bicycles.

One privately operated scheme is already up and running in our capital. OYBike, masterminded by former cabbie, Bernie Hanning, allows you to reserve and returns bikes via your mobile phone but has yet to expand into the centre of town where need must surely be greatest.

Cycling is being heavily promoted by Transport For London as both a healthy and congestion beating way to travel around the capital. On September 23, the Hovis London Freewheel will see some of our major roads closed to all other traffic and open only to cyclists.

All in all we're very excited about this. It would be so much easier to pick up a bike in town for short journeys rather than having to plan your entire day around having your own bike with you, hoik it up stairs and keep it safe and not get drunk and abandon it outside the office. We'll be watching for developments with great interest and can't wait to get on those bikes.

Image of Parisian Velib' bikes courtesy of RuiPereira's Flickrstream.

Last Updated 10 August 2007

guest

Please, please, please make this happen.

Lindsey

Good to hear such enthusiasm! In Paris the bikes looked terribly chic. At first I thought it was some kind of faddy bike brand craze that I wasn't aware of but when I saw that it was a bike/share/hire thing I was very, very impressed. Lots of people were using them. I would definitely use this kind of scheme whereas I'm not keen on the logistics of having my own bike.

guest

AAAH this would be _terrific_! I'm from Lyon where the scheme first took off in France. Now everyone has a "Vélo'v" (the name of exactly the same system but in Lyon), and it's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! You don't even pay 1 € for the first 30 minutes, they are always free, whether you're an annual, weekly or daily user!

Joy! Impatience! One more vote for Ken!