Paris’ Ambitious Bikeshare System Shrinks by 10,000 Bikes Over Six Years
Paris' Vélib' bike-share system has been in place since 2007. alans1948 / Flickr
There are a number of factors including bike distribution, location, and surveillance that’s contributd to the high number of thefts and acts of vandalism. There are important lessons in here for the U.S. cities who are just getting their bikeshare programs off the ground.
Excerpt from The Atlantic Cities
While North America has been buzzing with enthusiasm over the relatively recent introduction of bike-share, there’s been some sobering news recently from a city that’s had its system in place since 2007. Home to the largest bike-share program outside China, it turns out Paris has been losing its bikes to theft and vandalism. A lot of bikes.
According to figures unearthed by Le Monde last week, 9,000 bikes from Paris’ Vélib’ bike-share system were damaged or stolen last year.