Public Bike Rental in Lyon France

Inspired by the recent post on Montreal’s roll out of a high tech, public bike rental fleet, I’ve come across this example of successful program in Lyon.

Flickr contributor beppovox’s road these bikes and had the following to say:

“Rates are quite low, more or less around 1€ per hour.”
“The first 30 minutes are free – to encourage small commuting and the rotation of the bikes at the numerous stations.”
“Bikes are really heavy but the ride is pretty smooth, they have two drum brakes, 3 internal gear, lights and a small lock.”

Have you run across a similar program while traveling in the US or abroad? What experience have you had with public bike rental as an alternative means of transportation?

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