Monday, June 1, 2009

Honk! Battered Bicycles in Paris

Vélib, Paris's pioneering, city-transforming public bike project has had its fair share (actually unfair share I would say) of vandalism and theft, and while it does not threaten the integrity and viability of the service, it is part of the landscape of public bikes and needs to be understood and taken into account. There is, in fact, a great deal that can be done to reduce the magnitude of these challenges , and indeed steps are being taken here. That said, let's have a look at some of the examples of damage, which have been collected for us by vigilant Eyes on the Street Sentinel in Paris, Larry Langner.

And here you have a poster placed on one of the JCDecaux street signs in Paris, warning that: "Breaking a bike is easy. It can't defend itself".

And then: "16,000 bikes vandalised, 8000 disappeared. Velib is yours. Protect it.

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* Editor's note: Click here to read report on "Reports of Vélib’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated"

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