Paris Velib Celebrates Frist Birthday

Bike Hugger has long been a fan of the metro bicycle rental model implemented in Paris under the moniker Velib. The popularity of the program has been attributed to the availability of bikes and stations which currently number 20,600 cycles and 1,450 rental stations. The success can also be traced back to the low cost for short trips. For 29€ a year, riders can check out a bike in 30 minute increments as often as he or she likes. The city estimates 120,000 trips are taken each day, logging 27.5 million trips in the first year of the project. Not bad for a city of 2.1 Million residents. To promote the movement, 365 Velib users will be chosen to cross the finish line during the July 27th culmination of the Tour de France.

The New York Times in depth coverage of Velib can be found here.

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Novara 09 Fusion Video

Hugga visited REI HQ to preview the 09 Novaras with Steve Gluckman, Brand Manager. The 09 line is well-equipped, incremental, with lots of refinements; the introduction of a Buzz 29er, 700c Safari, and an Alfine bike featured in this video …

We’ll spend more time with Novara next month, riding their bikes in Boise, and blogging it all up.

Note that final bike specifications may change. We previewed factory samples and products are still being finalized.

‘Nuff Said

Hugga spotted outside of Aaron’s Bicycle Repair.

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Surly Pugsley with Big-Ass tires

hello rolling resistance!

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Green Bike Project Spotted

The Green Bike Project is a collaboration between King County, Cascade, and REI to provide bikes to commuters that drive their cars less. Hugga spotted the project’s prototype frame during our visit to REI HQ.

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From King County Commute Trip Reduction site:

REI, Cascade Bicycle Club and King County are partnering to bring 200 new award-winning commuter bikes (complete with helmets, locks and lights), bike safety training and more to 20 - 30 CTR-affected worksites. The aim of the project is to reduce drive alone commute trips and to create bicycle commute cultures. Stay tuned for more information.

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