Paris bike rental program not working

    Shucks. Many cities, including Chicago, whose Mayor loves bikes, have been watching the Paris experiment to see if it works.

    But the BBC reports:

    Thefts puncture Paris bike scheme
    People queue up to return bikes in Paris on 15 November 2007






    A popular bicycle rental scheme in Paris that has transformed travel in the city has run into problems just 18 months after its successful launch.

    Over half the original fleet of 15,000 specially made bicycles have disappeared, presumed stolen.

    They have been used 42 million times since their introduction but vandalism and theft are taking their toll.

    The company which runs the scheme, JCDecaux, says it can no longer afford to operate the city-wide network.

    Championed by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, the bikes were part of an attempt to "green" the capital.

    The Beeb also says,

    The Velib bikes - the name is a contraction of velo (cycle) and liberte (freedom) - have also fallen victim to a craze known as "velib extreme".

    Various videos have appeared on YouTube showing riders taking the bikes down the steps in Montmartre, into metro stations and being tested on BMX courses.

    "No Velibs were harmed in the filming of this video?"

    Rest of the story here.

    Chicago's Mayor Daley checks out the program in Gay Paris:

    A.P. photo 2007

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