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Posted March 18th, 2012 - 10:34 am by from London, England (Permalink)
Hello,
I'm coming to Paris soon, and I hate all that has to do with tube, underground etc. and I wondered if the Velib system in Paris is good or not? Because we've got something similar in London

- No problem for payment ?
- No problem to park the bike ? (I mean ... to find somewhere to park it?)

Any other disadvantages ?

Thanks!
Lisa
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Posted March 18th, 2012 - 10:40 am from Prague, Czech Republic
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Posted March 18th, 2012 - 10:55 am by from London, England (Permalink)
That's great for the 15min more to find a place!
Because I'll really miss my bike for the weekend haha

Posted March 18th, 2012 - 11:38 am by from London, England (Permalink)
and also is it generally easy to commute within 30min?

Posted March 18th, 2012 - 11:44 am from Prague, Czech Republic
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Posted March 18th, 2012 - 7:38 pm from Paris, France
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Posted March 18th, 2012 - 7:57 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
Wow, it'll be quite different then! And another (maybe last) question: is there any route planning by bike as I only remember a little about Paris ?

Posted March 18th, 2012 - 8:45 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
I use velib daily to get to work etc. I don't even have the metro subscription and i've never even tried the buses in here. I also own two bikes but I still find Velib a great way to get around.

If you get a week pass which is something like 10 euros you can use it as much as you want for a week. There's no 30 minutes limit or anything. 30 minutes is only for those with annual subscription and even then you can use it for longer than 30 minutes but it costs you an euro or two for every 30 minutes depends how long you use it.

Here's a good website in English that gives you all the information you need about the velibs: http://en.velib.paris.fr/

Posted March 18th, 2012 - 9:19 pm from Montreuil, France
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Posted March 20th, 2012 - 7:55 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
Hmm. Interesting. Last Spring i used the daily and weekly subscriptions and used the same Velib for something like 8 or 10 hours and I didn't get any fees. Now with annual subscription i have to pay the fees every now and then even though i use it for short periods only.

I also used Velib to bike to Versailles and back. Only problem i had was that the police were suspicious about a Velib parked next to Versailles and waited next to it with civilian uniforms and stopped me when i went to pick up the bike.

Posted March 20th, 2012 - 6:32 pm from Paris, France
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Posted March 20th, 2012 - 7:06 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
Oh yes ... the weight ... it seems to be the same with the bikes here to rent. Hopefully I'll adapt quickly!

Oh one more question:

Let's say that I take a Velib at 7am I use it for 30 min or less so I just pay the "€1,70" but if I want to use another one during the day for 30min or less, as well, will I pay extra fees?

Posted March 20th, 2012 - 9:40 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
No you won't. The fees are per trip. So you can travel around long distances but just need to make sure to change the velib every now and then. And you can't seem to take a velib from the same station where you immediately left a velib. So you need to walk to another station a new one.

Posted March 20th, 2012 - 11:47 pm from Paris, France
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Posted March 21st, 2012 - 2:36 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
Okay ! Great for the tips ! Thanks a lot!

Posted March 24th, 2012 - 3:00 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
Goood, now I have another question: is there like a really useful map planning on the internet for Paris?
I never print it but I like to know at least the approximate way with street names :m I don't know how well it is indicated in Paris for bikes

Posted March 25th, 2012 - 3:15 pm from Paris, France
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Posted March 26th, 2012 - 11:49 am by from Vienna, Austria (Permalink)
Paris Bike maps (with velib stations, bike paths...) can be found for free at La Maison du Vélo, on Bastille square.

Posted March 19th, 2012 - 10:11 am by from Vienna, Austria (Permalink)
Hi Lisa,

You can borrow a bike from the ones for my guests if you wish.