Paris by bicycle
►Website for Velib Metrepole in Paris
The two-wheeled mode of transport is very popular in Paris for obvious reasons and is in evidence throughout the city in its various forms. You will see individual cyclists, touring cyclists as well as bicycles from the 'Vélib' rental scheme.You can rent a bikes in Paris called Velibs ( vel for vélo "bike" and lib for "liberty"). These can be picked up at any metro station or anywhere there's a stand ("borne") of bikes, there are over 20,000 bikes available apparently, you can ride around for half an hour for free as long as you return them to another Velib' stand within the period. Stations are said to be within 300 mtrs of each other.
Cycling is a great way to explore the city of Paris from a different perspective.
The city has introduced many new cycle lanes and routes that are exclusive for bike use.
You can check out 4 suggested cycling routes in the city here on the Paris website.
You can pick up a brochure 'Paris à vélo, le bon plan' from individual town halls of the Paris arrondissements and at the 'Maison du Vélo', 37 boulevard Bourdon.