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VĂ©lib often used to and from public transport

06-11-2008

The Vélib bicycle rental system that has been operating in Lyon as well as Paris for several years now, is also attractive for people in public transport. Quite a number of those passengers use a bicycle on their way to or from public transport. However, the latest news about Vélib is that - according to BBC-news - over half the original fleet of 15,000 specially made bicycles have disappeared, presumed stolen.

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This is apparent from a survey of 1000 users of the Vélib system, conducted in 2006 and 2007 by public transport authorities in Lyon. The survey shows that some 30% of users travel in a multimodal way.
At the start of their journey 14% use another transport modality and 16% at the end of their journey. Of that group 70% transfer from or to public transport. Six out of every seven use local public transport, the rest transfers to a train. Cars are used to or from public transport by 23%. Cyclists were also asked which other means of transport they would have used without Vélib. Public transport was the answer of 40 %. The same percentage would have walked, 5 % would have used their own bicycle and 10 % a car.

Scientists conclude that quite a lot of people prefer the bicycle over public transport, but that many people still use public transport as well. This means that more co-operation between both transport modalities offers the potential for a further shift in the modal split towards bicycle and public transport.

The latest news about Vélib is that - according to BBC-news - over half the original fleet of 15,000 specially made bicycles have disappeared, presumed stolen. Since the scheme's launch, nearly all the original bicycles have been replaced at a cost of 400 euros ($519, £351) each. The company which runs the scheme, JCDecaux, says it can no longer afford to operate the city-wide network.

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