Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite…and Free Bikes

The AP reports today that Paris has chosen an outdoor advertising firm, JCDecaux, to operate a free bicycle service in the city. The service will provide “thousands” of bikes to city residents and visitors in an effort to decrease car-based pollution. Amsterdam (“The Bike Capital of Europe“) has a similar program but its success may be based on that city’s compact size. How will Parisian planners get bicyclists from the suburbs into the heart of the city? Will there be fights over more bike lanes? Will there be other traffic-calming measures taken to increase bicyclists’ safety? Does anyone else want to go to Paris on a fact-finding mission to find out?

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