London is getting an urban bike-sharing scheme – and 6,000 retro-styled bicycles as part of the deal.
The Velib Bike program has already been a success in cutting congestion in Paris and there are high hopes for the same in London. Those 6,000 ‘granny’ bikes are said to be anti-fashion to cut down on theft – and with a design that’s so obvious, everyone will know it’s not yours to keep.
There will be a small cost for the rental, with the first 30 minutes free to everyone, and a £1 charge for every half hour afterwards. The bike stations will take up existing parking spaces and will be installed every 300 metres in the City and the West End. New safe cycling routes are also being introduced to support novice cyclists.
Find out more at the Velib website (French)