Vélib often used to and from public transport
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.
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.