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Gallery: Bicycle Rental & Free Bike Schemes

Bicycle sharing systems, also known as: Community Bicycle program, Yellow Bicycle programs, White Bicycle programs, public bike, CityBike, "Call a Bike", "Boris Bikes" (in London: Details of the scheme and registration: http://iitm.be/tflbikes) or free bike. There also was a 'Green Bike' scheme in Cambridge in 1993. The first successful mobile positioning based scheme (no need for docking stations) was "call-a-bike" in Munich in 2000. "call-a-bike" has now 430,000 subscribers, who can unlock bikes in most larger German cities from their mobile phone.

See also:
http://www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/63/article14.html Velov Scheme in Lyon

This gallery was created on Thursday, 8th October 2009.

The German DB Call a Bike hire bike scheme is centrally run for all large cities and in several ways the opposite to Boris Bikes in London:
- the scheme does not use docking stations
- bikes come with locks
- users locate the nearest available bike … The German DB Call a Bike hire bike scheme is centrally run for all large cities and in several ways the opposite to Boris Bikes in London:
- the scheme does not use docking stations
- bikes come with locks
- users locate the nearest available bike … The German DB Call a Bike hire bike scheme is in several ways the antidote to Boris Bikes in London:
- the scheme does not use docking stations
- bikes come with locks
- users locate the nearest available bike through their mobile phone
- bikes ge … DB Call a Bike hire bikes are dotted all around Cologne (and other German cities). There are no docking stations. The bike is released through a phone call or SMS and can be dropped off anywhere in town.
The scheme is in many ways the opposite to the … You can "hire a pair of wheels" on countless spots in most larger German cities. Here a DB "Call a Bike" right in front of Cologne Cathedral, to be unlocked by a phone call. DB call a bike, bicycle rental scheme at Bremen Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof). From 6 cent/minute. Maximum €9 /day, see www.callabike.de. DB Call a Bike, DB bicycle rental scheme at Bremen Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof): www.callabike.de. Call number on the bike lock to receive unlocking code. Return CallBike to a Bike-Station, lock in. Take receipt code from the lock, call tel numbe … Rental bicycles covered in snow at Bremen Railway Station. These hire bikes are docked and available year 'round. DB Call-A-Bike DB Call-A-Bikes Rental bikes at Freiburg station. Rental bikes at Freiburg station. Interesting German Railways rental bike outside a Munich museum - not certain which one! Munich introduced the first GSM based (no need for docking stations) "call-a-bike" scheme in 2000. Call a Bike and StadtRAD 2011 price list for the bike sharing system of DB Rent GmbH. The phone location based "call-a-bike" was introduced in 2000. Subscribers can unlock the bikes through a phone call in most larger German cities. StadtRad Lüneburg bike rental service. See also #60515. StadtRad Lüneburg bike hire system. See also #60514. Free bike scheme in Munich Rental bike in Dresden - 'with me you'll use at least 300kCal per hour' Rental bike in Dresden Rental bike with advertising space: Ãœberholen zwecklos! Hier fährt ein künftiger Champion". MetroRad in Dortmund Paris has made a major investment in hire bikes. They seem to have forgotten to paint them green though, and you need to pay before using them... Vélib’ bike hire scheme in Paris. Vélib’ bike hire scheme in Paris. Vélib station below the Promenade Plantée, Paris Vélib’ bike hire scheme in Paris, here shown near Notre Dame. Vélib’ bike hire scheme in Paris, here shown just along from Notre Dame. Vélib’ bike hire scheme in Paris - the console near the bikes. Segregated cycle track and Vélib' hire cycle stand at Paris Bercy station Rail strike in Paris - hardly a single Vélib bike available. Rail strike in Paris - two Vélib stations (left and right) with virtually no bikes available. Rail strike in Paris - not a single Vélib bike available (the saddle turned backwards indicates that this one is defective). Velib cycle hire stand and cycle lane, Porte de Bagnolet, Paris Quai des Célestins, Paris - cycle track and Vélib cycle hire stand. Another full Velib stand near the Bastille in Paris, with a cycle track in the foreground, and across the road the Maison Roue Libre, a city/RATP cycle rental project. Paris Velib scheme Most major French cities now have a Vélib-style cycle hire system - this one is in Lyon. Vélo'V bike scheme bikes in Lyon - heavy and not that reliable Floor markings leading to the secure cycle parking, Lyon St Paul station Velo'V bike rental station and stands - monopolised by powered two-wheelers, of course. With a Vélo'V rental bike at the Confluence regeneration zone, Lyon. Instructions on a typical French rental bike (here in Aix-en-Provence). All instructions on the bike, the stand and the screens were in French only. (Click onto the picture to zoom in and read.) Instructions (French only) on a Velo'V rental bike and stand in Lyon. Dijon's cycle rental scheme (VéloDi) is slightly different to most other in France, with bikes being dropped into a dock. Dijon's cycle rental scheme (VéloDi) is slightly different to most other in France, with bikes being dropped into a dock. Beyond are motorbike spaces and some rather unfriendly-looking bike stands. Most major French cities now have a Vélib-style cycle hire system - this one is in Aix-en-Provence. It's called V'hello - a pun on vélo (bike). Use bicycles for free in Verona Use bicycles for free in Verona (panel) Free Bycyklen (by - town, cyklen - bicycle) which works with a 20 kr coin like a shopping trolley. Each of these basic bikes has a map with the points where to return the bike. Free bicycle scheme in Århus, Denmark. These cheap and colourful bikes can be used within town with a 20 Kr deposit coin like a shopping trolley. Free bicycle scheme in Aarhus (Århus Bycykel), Denmark. These cheap and colourful bikes can be used within town with a DKK 20 coin like a shopping trolley. The bikes are meant for short rides and can be returned at different sites. These cheap and colourful bikes can be used within town with a DKK 20 coin like a shopping trolley. The bikes are meant for short rides and can be returned at different sites indicated on this map. See also www.aarhusbycykel.dk Free bicycle scheme in Aarhus (Århus Bycykel; "by" means "city"), Denmark. These cheap and colourful bikes can be used within town with a DKK 20 coin like a shopping trolley. The bikes are meant for short city (by) rides and can be returned at differ … The annoying thing about the city cycle hire schemes is that sometimes you want to dump the bike but all the spaces are filled - as this man found out.

Behind the camera are loads of normal parking spaces available, see #32447. I think the next dev … Rental bike station in Kraków Rental bike station in Kraków Rental bike station in Kraków Bari also has a Velib'-style bike hire scheme - but there are just five stations with ten bikes each, and you have to become a member beforehand. Unusually, bikes used for the Bari public hire scheme have derailleur gears - hub gears would be more robust. Bicycle hire in the San Telmo area of Buenos Aires Dijon's cycle rental scheme (VéloDi) is slightly different to most other in France, with bikes being dropped into a dock. Beyond are motorbike spaces and some rather unfriendly-looking cycle  stands. Vélo Toulouse bike rental station (location very approximate) Vélo Toulouse rental bikes (location very approximate) Velo Toulouse 87, "Lascrosses Leclerc" bicycle rental. Velo toulouse 87, "Lascrosses Leclerc" bike rental. Bike rental Velo Toulouse 87, "Lascrosses Leclerc" Bicycle rental Velo Toulouse 87, "Lascrosses Leclerc" Many French cities boast bicycle renting schemes. They seem to be well accepted and work well. The bicycles are sturdy (heavy) and don't go far but are properly equipped and very robust. Bordeaux cycle scheme. Bicycle with a shaft instead of a chain. Bordeaux bicycle hire scheme V-CUB. Chainless bikes with crank shafts. Bordeaux bicycle hire scheme V-CUB. Chainless bikes with crank shafts. Nantes bicycle rental scheme bicloo. Nantes bicycle rental scheme bicloo. Instructions in French on a "bicloo" hire bike in Nantes. Cycle lane with green arrows by a bicloo bike rental point in Nantes Bicycle rental scheme "bicloo" in Nantes, France. One day €1, one week €5. Annual subscription €25. Bike rental station at Lorient station Bike rental station at Lorient station Bike rental station at Lorient station Cycle rental station at the rear entrance to Rennes station Cycle parking outside Rennes station Cycle rental station in Rennes Another non-standard reinventing-the-wheel bike rental system in France - this one in Vannes Another non-standard reinventing-the-wheel bike rental system in France - this one in Vannes Cycle rental station in Rennes Hire bikes at Brussels Midi station Hire bikes at Brussels Midi station. See also #27612 (snow version, which oddly has fewer bikes!) More hire bikes in Brussels. The kiosk has the website address for the scheme: http://www.villo.be/ Close up of Villo hire bike Close up of Villo hire bike.

Note the friendly reminder to users "I respect the traffic rules" Blue-Bike.be bikes at Brussels South train station. Blue Bike Belgium. Bruxelles bike rental scheme Villo. Bruxelles bike rental scheme Villo. Bruxelles bike rental scheme Villo. Bike rental station at Valence station, France Libél rental bikes in Valence Instructions in the basket of a Libél rental bike in Valence Velopop bike rental station, Avignon Velopop bike rental station in Avignon.

The German DB Call a Bike hire bike scheme is centrally run for all large cities and in several ways the opposite to Boris Bikes in London: - the scheme does not use docking stations - bikes come with locks - users locate the nearest ava ... [more]

The German DB Call a Bike hire bike scheme is centrally run for all large cities and in several ways the opposite to Boris Bikes in London: - the scheme does not use docking stations - bikes come with locks - users locate the nearest ava ... [more]

The German DB Call a Bike hire bike scheme is in several ways the antidote to Boris Bikes in London: - the scheme does not use docking stations - bikes come with locks - users locate the nearest available bike through their mobile phone ... [more]

DB Call a Bike hire bikes are dotted all around Cologne (and other German cities). There are no docking stations. The bike is released through a phone call or SMS and can be dropped off anywhere in town. The scheme is in many ways the oppo ... [more]

You can "hire a pair of wheels" on countless spots in most larger German cities. Here a DB "Call a Bike" right in front of Cologne Cathedral, to be unlocked by a phone call.

DB call a bike, bicycle rental scheme at Bremen Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof). From 6 cent/minute. Maximum €9 /day, see www.callabike.de.

DB Call a Bike, DB bicycle rental scheme at Bremen Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof): www.callabike.de. Call number on the bike lock to receive unlocking code. Return CallBike to a Bike-Station, lock in. Take receipt code from the lock, cal ... [more]

Rental bicycles covered in snow at Bremen Railway Station. These hire bikes are docked and available year 'round.

DB Call-A-Bike

DB Call-A-Bikes

Rental bikes at Freiburg station.

Rental bikes at Freiburg station.

Interesting German Railways rental bike outside a Munich museum - not certain which one! Munich introduced the first GSM based (no need for docking stations) "call-a-bike" scheme in 2000.

Call a Bike and StadtRAD 2011 price list for the bike sharing system of DB Rent GmbH. The phone location based "call-a-bike" was introduced in 2000. Subscribers can unlock the bikes through a phone call in most larger German cities.

StadtRad Lüneburg bike rental service. See also #60515.

StadtRad Lüneburg bike hire system. See also #60514.

Free bike scheme in Munich

Rental bike in Dresden - 'with me you'll use at least 300kCal per hour'

Rental bike in Dresden

Rental bike with advertising space: Überholen zwecklos! Hier fährt ein künftiger Champion".

MetroRad in Dortmund

Paris has made a major investment in hire bikes. They seem to have forgotten to paint them green though, and you need to pay before using them...

Vélib’ bike hire scheme in Paris.

Vélib’ bike hire scheme in Paris.

Vélib station below the Promenade Plantée, Paris

Vélib’ bike hire scheme in Paris, here shown near Notre Dame.

Vélib’ bike hire scheme in Paris, here shown just along from Notre Dame.

Vélib’ bike hire scheme in Paris - the console near the bikes.

Segregated cycle track and Vélib' hire cycle stand at Paris Bercy station

Rail strike in Paris - hardly a single Vélib bike available.

Rail strike in Paris - two Vélib stations (left and right) with virtually no bikes available.

Rail strike in Paris - not a single Vélib bike available (the saddle turned backwards indicates that this one is defective).

Velib cycle hire stand and cycle lane, Porte de Bagnolet, Paris

Quai des Célestins, Paris - cycle track and Vélib cycle hire stand.

Another full Velib stand near the Bastille in Paris, with a cycle track in the foreground, and across the road the Maison Roue Libre, a city/RATP cycle rental project.

Paris Velib scheme

Most major French cities now have a Vélib-style cycle hire system - this one is in Lyon.

Vélo'V bike scheme bikes in Lyon - heavy and not that reliable

Floor markings leading to the secure cycle parking, Lyon St Paul station

Velo'V bike rental station and stands - monopolised by powered two-wheelers, of course.

With a Vélo'V rental bike at the Confluence regeneration zone, Lyon.

Instructions on a typical French rental bike (here in Aix-en-Provence). All instructions on the bike, the stand and the screens were in French only. (Click onto the picture to zoom in and read.)

Instructions (French only) on a Velo'V rental bike and stand in Lyon.

Dijon's cycle rental scheme (VéloDi) is slightly different to most other in France, with bikes being dropped into a dock.

Dijon's cycle rental scheme (VéloDi) is slightly different to most other in France, with bikes being dropped into a dock. Beyond are motorbike spaces and some rather unfriendly-looking bike stands.

Most major French cities now have a Vélib-style cycle hire system - this one is in Aix-en-Provence. It's called V'hello - a pun on vélo (bike).

Use bicycles for free in Verona

Use bicycles for free in Verona (panel)

Free Bycyklen (by - town, cyklen - bicycle) which works with a 20 kr coin like a shopping trolley. Each of these basic bikes has a map with the points where to return the bike.

Free bicycle scheme in Århus, Denmark. These cheap and colourful bikes can be used within town with a 20 Kr deposit coin like a shopping trolley.

Free bicycle scheme in Aarhus (Århus Bycykel), Denmark. These cheap and colourful bikes can be used within town with a DKK 20 coin like a shopping trolley. The bikes are meant for short rides and can be returned at different sites.

These cheap and colourful bikes can be used within town with a DKK 20 coin like a shopping trolley. The bikes are meant for short rides and can be returned at different sites indicated on this map. See also www.aarhusbycykel.dk

Free bicycle scheme in Aarhus (Århus Bycykel; "by" means "city"), Denmark. These cheap and colourful bikes can be used within town with a DKK 20 coin like a shopping trolley. The bikes are meant for short city (by) rides and can be returne ... [more]

The annoying thing about the city cycle hire schemes is that sometimes you want to dump the bike but all the spaces are filled - as this man found out. Behind the camera are loads of normal parking spaces available, see #32447. I think t ... [more]

Rental bike station in Kraków

Rental bike station in Kraków

Rental bike station in Kraków

Bari also has a Velib'-style bike hire scheme - but there are just five stations with ten bikes each, and you have to become a member beforehand.

Unusually, bikes used for the Bari public hire scheme have derailleur gears - hub gears would be more robust.

Bicycle hire in the San Telmo area of Buenos Aires

Dijon's cycle rental scheme (VéloDi) is slightly different to most other in France, with bikes being dropped into a dock. Beyond are motorbike spaces and some rather unfriendly-looking cycle stands.

Vélo Toulouse bike rental station (location very approximate)

Vélo Toulouse rental bikes (location very approximate)

Velo Toulouse 87, "Lascrosses Leclerc" bicycle rental.

Velo toulouse 87, "Lascrosses Leclerc" bike rental.

Bike rental Velo Toulouse 87, "Lascrosses Leclerc"

Bicycle rental Velo Toulouse 87, "Lascrosses Leclerc"

Many French cities boast bicycle renting schemes. They seem to be well accepted and work well. The bicycles are sturdy (heavy) and don't go far but are properly equipped and very robust.

Bordeaux cycle scheme. Bicycle with a shaft instead of a chain.

Bordeaux bicycle hire scheme V-CUB. Chainless bikes with crank shafts.

Bordeaux bicycle hire scheme V-CUB. Chainless bikes with crank shafts.

Nantes bicycle rental scheme bicloo.

Nantes bicycle rental scheme bicloo.

Instructions in French on a "bicloo" hire bike in Nantes.

Cycle lane with green arrows by a bicloo bike rental point in Nantes

Bicycle rental scheme "bicloo" in Nantes, France. One day €1, one week €5. Annual subscription €25.

Bike rental station at Lorient station

Bike rental station at Lorient station

Bike rental station at Lorient station

Cycle rental station at the rear entrance to Rennes station

Cycle parking outside Rennes station

Cycle rental station in Rennes

Another non-standard reinventing-the-wheel bike rental system in France - this one in Vannes

Another non-standard reinventing-the-wheel bike rental system in France - this one in Vannes

Cycle rental station in Rennes

Hire bikes at Brussels Midi station

Hire bikes at Brussels Midi station. See also #27612 (snow version, which oddly has fewer bikes!)

More hire bikes in Brussels. The kiosk has the website address for the scheme: http://www.villo.be/

Close up of Villo hire bike

Close up of Villo hire bike. Note the friendly reminder to users "I respect the traffic rules"

Blue-Bike.be bikes at Brussels South train station.

Blue Bike Belgium.

Bruxelles bike rental scheme Villo.

Bruxelles bike rental scheme Villo.

Bruxelles bike rental scheme Villo.

Bike rental station at Valence station, France

Libél rental bikes in Valence

Instructions in the basket of a Libél rental bike in Valence

Velopop bike rental station, Avignon

Velopop bike rental station in Avignon.

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