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Vandals Endangering Paris' Velib Bike-Share Program

7,800 of the original 15,000 bikes have disappeared or stolen and 11,600 have been vandalised.

Published: 10-Feb-2009

PARIS, France – From the start of the bike rental program in Paris in July 2007 Vélib has set an example of the possibilities of urban bike mobility to the rest of the world. However it was no secret from the beginning that Vélib was suffering under vandalism.

JCDecaux, who maintains the fleet of 15,000 Vélibs recently sounded the alarm as it can no longer afford the repair and maintenance bill. The outdoor advertising company has pleaded with Paris Mayor, Bertrand Delanoë to provide financial support.

According to JCDecaux 7,800 of the original 15,000 bikes have disappeared or stolen and 11,600 have been vandalised. Since the start of the program the bikes have been used 42 million times, or an average every bike 2,800 times!

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