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Anyone can use the Velib' service which is a fleet of thousands of public bicycles positioned at 1,800 strategic points all around the city, as prolific as M�tro stops. The first half-hour... Read More
Anyone can use the Velib' service which is a fleet of thousands of public bicycles positioned at 1,800 strategic points all around the city, as prolific as M�tro stops. The first half-hour is free so if you get from point A to point B and re-dock your bike, there's no charge for use. Required is a credit card with that little magnet strip on it so that when you swipe it at the automated rental kiosk (directions in English, too) it can deduct a deposit, returned when you return the bicycle. In the early hours of a Paris morning the traffic is much lighter than during the day and Parisians swear by their Velib' system - they say it's the best thing since, well, sliced bread.
- Best for Tours and Excursions Because: The Velib': a Parisian instituion. While other cities talk green, Paris got busy installing the infrastructure of a public use bicycle transport system. Bravo!
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: Bicycling is the Parisian pastime. As much as sipping an espresso at a café, riding a bike through the Paris streets makes you a local.