New York to get Paris style bike rentals?

New York Mayor Bloomberg is in France, and apparently considering a bicycle rental program similar to the popular parisian Velib system. Bloomberg doesn’t sound very optimistic unfortunately. Apparently NYC tried this out on a much smaller scale earlier this year. Chicago and Portland are evaluating a rental systems too.


The velib system in paris is awesome.  I was there last month. 
It seems very well thought out.  As far as I could tell the fleet is located entirely on or very near designated bike lanes or ped/bike trails (on the boulevards).  There were lots of bikes, both in use and at the rental racks.  I also saw Velib maintenance trucks driving around with wounded bikes.  I know the system there is new, but they seem committed to keeping the bikes in good shape so they are available to use.

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