This week, our sister site Translogic heads off to Paris to check out the Vélib' bike-sharing and Autolib' electric-vehicle sharing programs.

Vélib' boasts 20,000 bikes and 1,800 stations throughout the city, where anyone with a credit card can check out a bike on the fly. More exciting is the EV-sharing program, which uses Pininfarina-built Bollore Blue Cars that are available to subscribers for rental at rates ranging between €9 (around $12 USD) and €16 per hour (@ $21). The program was launched in December 2011, with 250 cars and 250 stations, and though it has faced some problems, the number of cars is expected to increase to 3,000 by next year.

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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome, but it will never catch on in the US until gas hits $6 a gallon or more. We're too attached to our mobile personal spaces
        NissanGTR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        False, America is far too spread out for this kind of system. Even a personal 25cc scooter is better than this system in the states. Also I bet it wouldnt be maintained as well either.
        Deutschlieber
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        A lot of larger cities have car share and bike share programs. DC's bike share has been very successful. They are adding new stations and bicycles all of the time. More bike lanes would help matters, but the city is, supposedly, working on that. Car sharing has also been successful, but always required that the car be returned where you picked it up. A new company recently came to town that is allowing drop-offs at other locations. I am excited to see how that works out.
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        Austin has car sharing. Seems like with bike sharing, all the bicycles just get stolen, though
          Anders
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jake
          Well, in the countless cities and countries of Europe with this kind of bike sharing system it's not a big problem. I don't know how well it works in the US, but in my European city even the drug addicts seem to use and return the bikes. I guess they see value in maintaining the system.
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should use a seat condom. Never know were that seats been.
      Travis Miles
      • 2 Years Ago
      Car sharing is popular here in Chicago. I guess its cool. Sometimes you don't want to leave your space when you have a car to go grocery shopping, because you will never ever be able to get close to your house. Also, most of the universities in the city have a car sharing network.
      6.Slo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeff, I saw there was a yearly subscription. Do they have shorter term subscriptions for visitors? Say something like a week or month?
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      $20 an hour? No thanks....
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      I used Velib while I was in Paris earlier last summer, it was a fantastic way to get around town. They have daily rental programs and bike racks at every tourist location (except for the Louvre). You pay a set fee for the day, and if you don't check out a bike for more than 30 minutes at a time, you're not charged additional fees. You can simply park the bike at a rack and check another one out and the clock resets. I used the bikes for a full day to get around to all of the major tourists attractions and it cost me about $30.00. Much cheaper than the cab and easier than the bus. Also, traffic is never an issue for you as you can simply weave between the cars stuck at the lights.
      MacDoc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can you imagine what those cars smell like inside? The French and personal hygiene have yet to meet.
      donnieorama
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay, why does the AutoLib have a 155 mile range and the Leaf only, like, 80 miles?