Apr 6, 2007
In France, people can rent bikes at will! You buy a card that is good for the entire week. From there, you just swipe the card at a little machine by the bikes and the first 1/2 hour is free, after that it is just a couple euros an hour. After you are done with it, return it to one of the several hundred stations around town. You can choose the bike you want by punching in the number at the machine and about 10 seconds later, after hearing a beep, your bike will pop free! Liberation!
And apparently because of the mass amounts of bikes for rent around this certain town in France, all the cars are well trained to share the road with bikers.
I wonder what it would take to get this instituted in our nations capital?