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Sure, Paris is a world center for fashion, media, art, and business, but it’s also home to the world’s largest bike-share system. Launched in 2007, the Vélib’ system offers 20,000 bikes that rent for less than $1.50 an hour (and if you pedal for less than a half-hour, the ride is free). Vélib’ checkout stations are almost as ubiquitous as the bikes, with more than 1,000 kiosk-driven stations in total around the metropolis. Locals and tourists alike pedal cobblestoned streets and bike paths en route to local cafés or sights from the Eiffel Tower to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

Find a Bike: Stumble any direction downtown to walk past a Vélib checkout station.

The World's Top Biking Cities

The World's Top Biking Cities

Paris

Sure, Paris is a world center for fashion, media, art, and business, but it’s also home to the world’s largest bike-share system. Launched in 2007, the Vélib’ system offers 20,000 bikes that rent for less than $1.50 an hour (and if you pedal for less than a half-hour, the ride is free). Vélib’ checkout stations are almost as ubiquitous as the bikes, with more than 1,000 kiosk-driven stations in total around the metropolis. Locals and tourists alike pedal cobblestoned streets and bike paths en route to local cafés or sights from the Eiffel Tower to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

Find a Bike: Stumble any direction downtown to walk past a Vélib checkout station.

The World's Top Biking Cities

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The World's Top Biking Cities

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