Paris Travel Planner   Velib' Free Bicycles in Paris, France
Velib' is a system of free and low-cost public-transport bicycles organized by the Paris city government to help people move about the city by their own power.




Velib' bike stations are located on public streets in many parts of Paris. After registering to use the system and paying a small fee, you can borrow a bicycle from any station and return it to any other station with a vacant bike holder.

The Velib' (veh-LEEB) system is meant to supplement other methods of public transport in Paris by making it easy for people to move around the city under their own power for short trips rather than by taking the Métro, city bus, taxi, or private car, or having to walk.

Velib' is not a bicycle-rental system. Rather, it is a supplemental public-transport system. For short trips (30 minutes or less), it is virtually free. As trips get longer, it gets more expensive. Keeping a bike to yourself all day is quite expensive.

As I said, it's not meant to be a bike rental system.

The goal is to keep as many bikes as possible available to as many people as possible, so they can use them for public transport, not for cruising or bicycle touring.

There's lots more information on the Velib' website.

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