Vélo'v and Vélib', an indication of change(02/07/2013)
With the arrival of the system in Lyon in June 2005, the Cyclocity service expanded its scope to new levels. Vélo’v opened with 175 stations. In 2008, the service had as many as 343 stations which extended as far as Villeurbanne.
The self-service bicycle went on to become a real phenomenon in society with the opening of the Vélib’ service in Paris in July 2007. This project relies on hundreds of workers every day to guarantee up to 120,000 rentals daily.
Vélo’v bicycles have blended quickly into the daily lives of the people of Lyon and their travel habits. Bicycle traffic increased by 44% in one year and there were as many as 20,000 long-term subscribers after the service had been in operation for 5 months. In June 2006, Vélo'v had over 50 000 subscribers and had reached 6,400,000 km on the metre!
Vélib', a large scale network
In 2007, the installation of 750 stations and 10,000 bicycles in just 4 and a half months was a real challenge. The service was deployed gradually. It even won over the “petite couronne” (Parisian Inner Ring) to enable journeys in the adjoining towns!
The Parisians understood it straight away: Vélib’ is a synonym of liberty. Installed every 300 metres, the stations are available 24/7, at close proximity to museums, shops, train stations… to make the most of everything the capital has to offer.
Paris attracts many tourists especially for sporting or cultural events. During these major gatherings, Vélib’ plans ahead by adapting distribution of the bicycles according to stations and districts.
Regulation operatives, maintenance operatives, Call centre… human and material resources ensure that the world’s most important self-service bicycle scheme operates correctly every day.