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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. 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. Velopop rental bikes in Avignon V'eol bike rental station, Caen Velopop bike rental station; cycle parking 30m beyond; and on four days a week the roads around schools in central Avignon are closed to cars when children are arriving and leaving. Rental bikes and others at Chambéry station, France Bike rental outlet at Chambéry station, France Cycle rental in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, Camargue Bikes to rent on the almost traffic-free island of Bréhat Cyclist leaving the Velostation Süd rental centre on a ZüriRollt bike. Rental scheme bikes in Luzern (location uncertain) Rental bikes at Luzern Backpackers Rental bikes, Ouchy, Lausanne, Switzerland Rental bike station, Ouchy, Lausanne, Switzerland Velopass rental bikes, Lugano, Switzerland Velopass cycle-rental scheme, Lugano, Switzerland City Bike Rental in a former factory, now an arts/hostel complex. Electro-assisted bikes are now popular with Swiss rental schemes, especially in co-operation with the railways. E-bike at Lugano station - very popular in Switzerland, especially as rental bikes. Metrovélo rental bike in Grenoble Bike rental outlet at Chanbéry station, France Vélonecy bike rental outlet at Annecy station - special deals for students Vélonecy bike rental outlet at Annecy station Pedestrianised street on the Ile Saint-Laurent, and a rental bike station. Cycle rental in Metz. Bike rental and storage at Metz station Vélhop rental scheme bike at Strasbourg station. Although only a small town, Chalon sur Saone has its own cycle rental system - simpler than the big city schemes, with no fancy docks - you phone this number and are given a code to release a lock on the bike. Although only a small town, Chalon sur Saone has its own cycle rental system - simpler than the big city schemes, with no fancy docks - you phone this number and are given a code to release a lock on the bike. Although only a small town, Chalon sur Saone has its own cycle rental system - simpler than the big city schemes, with no fancy docks - you phone this number and are given a code to release a lock on the bike. Although only a small town, Chalon sur Saone has its own cycle rental system - simpler than the big city schemes, with no fancy docks - you phone this number and are given a code to release a lock on the bike. Vélhop - Strasbourg's bike rental scheme Rental bikes at the A&O Hostel, Munich Rental bikes at the A&O Hostel, Munich Bike rental shop in Beaune. Not a VTT (Vélo Tout Terrain or mountainbike) but a VTC - Vélo Tous Chemins or a bike for all roads and tracks - an ideal rental bike for the chemins de halage or towpaths of Burgundy (from the Auxerre tourist office) Rental bike at Cicloturisme i Medi Ambient, Girona Lausanne (Switzerland) has a free bike scheme, but it's not automated like the French rental schemes. Bike rental, Punta Arenas, Chile (location uncertain) Bike rental, Pucón, Chile Cycle rental, Pucón, Chile Summer free bikes scheme, provided by Itaú Bank. Summer free bikes scheme, provided by Itaú Bank. There's a Vélib-style bike rental scheme on Copacabana beach - unfortunately you need to register online first. There's a Vélib-style bike rental scheme on Copacabana beach - unfortunately you need to register online first. I'm sure this wasn't open a week ago! New cycle rental shop at Liberdade metro station, Sao Paolo. Yet another on street automated bike rental scheme.

Siracusa, Sicily.

Precise location unknown. Friendly bike rental on viale Lido in Alghero. Electric bike rental "Ecomania" in Alghero, Sadrinia. E-bikes for rent - all the rage this year across Europe. Mountain bikes for rent in Pralognan-en-Vanoise The Bicycle Hub, Jackfield Tile Museum - bike rental and tandem specialists Rules (in English) for bike rental from Liberdade metro station, Sao Paolo. Chicago's new McDonald's bike garage/rental centre - www.chicagobikestation.com. Signage at Chicago's new McDonald's cycle garage/rental centre. Chicago's new McDonald's cycle garage/rental centre - www.chicagobikestation.com. Bikes from Perpignan's cycle hire scheme SmartBike DC - Vélib-style bike rental scheme (with US-style bikes) in Washington (approximate location). Mac Bikes shop/rental at Amsterdam Centraal station. Mac Bike, bike hire at Amsterdam station Mac Bike, bike hire at Amsterdam station Mac Bike, bike hire at Amsterdam station Underground automated bike rental scheme at Antwerpen station.

http://www.blue-bike.be/ Underground cycle rental scheme at Antwerpen station.

http://www.blue-bike.be/ SmartBike DC - Vélib-style bike rental scheme in Washington DC. The bike shop / cycle hire shop on Lammas Land in former public toilets. Cycle hire at Windermere station - with reductions for train passengers. Cycle hire is available at most Swiss railway stations (with matching cycle helmets, of course) Cycle hire place at Barnstaple Station. Huge group of Austrian schoolchildren on hire bikes arriving (accidentally) at the cyclists' breakfast, Bike Week 2009. This location was set by synchronization with the track at location #18611.

Fistral Beach bike hire Bicycle rental, service and secure cycle parking at the main railway station in Bremen: ADFC Radstation. Fahrradstation Oldenburg. Secure bicycle parking at the northern entrance of Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof (main train station). There is free as well as secure cycle parking on each side of the main station. Secure bicycle parking at the Fahrradstation Oldenburg, at the northern entrance of Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof (main train station). There is free as well as secure cycle parking on each side of the main station. Some kind of hire bike scheme, bikeabout, with what looks like a poor quality lock White bicycles which are free to visitors of the Hoge Veluwe national park near Arnhem, Netherlands. Rental bikes at Beaver Sports, Fairbanks AK 'Beer Bar Bike' for rent in Munich - also loads of 'normal' rental bikes, and another multi-seater, plus a conference bike (location approximate). Bainton Bikes Ltd. is a family run bicycle hire company just setting up in Oxford. They recycle second hand abandoned bikes, by completely stripping them, repainting them and replacing all of the parts. www.baintonbikes.com Bainton Bikes is a family run bicycle hire company just setting up in Oxford. They recycle second hand abandoned bikes, by completely stripping them, repainting them and replacing all of the parts. Kevin Moreland states: "Once they are road safety che … Cycle hire place and cafe near the damned end of Lake Vyrwny Cycle hire at Stonebridge Lock Bike Hire in Seville, Spain. 200 pick-up/drop off points around the city. €150 deposit, then €5 per week. The first 30 mins are free, the next hour €1, subsequent hours €2. (Information from Lonely Planet Spain guide). They look bright and wel … Bike shop and rental in Tavira (approximate location) Cycle parking and rental bikes at Sevilla bus terminal rental bikes at Sevilla bus terminal Sevilla cycle rental scheme Girocleta bike rental scheme at Girona bus station (outside the railway station) Rental bikes at Girona station Bike hire system Girocleta in Gerona near the Costa Brava in Catalunya - http://www.girocleta.cat/ Rental bikes in Barcelona Instructions (in Catalan and Spanish) for Barcelonla bike rental scheme Docking station for Barcelona bike rental scheme Barcelona rental scheme bikes Barcelona rental scheme bike on crossing near Sants station English-language notice about bike hire in Zaragoza Rental bike stand below very stylish cycle bridge at Zaragoza's new train/bus interchange. Rental bike stand below very stylish cycle bridge at Zaragoza's new train/bus interchange. Rental bike stand and parking below very stylish cycle bridge at Zaragoza's new train/bus interchange. Rental scheme bikes in Zaragoza Bike rental terminal in Zaragoza Map of Zaragoza bike facilities Rental scheme bikes in Zaragoza Don't fool around on a bike - look twice - on a Zaragoza rental scheme bike/ Mac Bikes shop/rental at Amsterdam Centraal station Bike rental, Sibiu, Romania Bike rental, Sibiu, Romania. Free bike scheme in Târgu Mures, Romania free bike scheme, Târgu Mores, Romania Good rental bikes at Cobwobs hostel, Sighet, Romania Rental bikes 'parked' at the Island Magic Beach Resort, Caye Caulker, Belize - there are no cars on this island and only a few golf-carts. Rental bikes at hostel, Biertan, Romania The original cycle parking (4 cycle stands http://www.cyclestreets.net/location/35048/ ) has been joined by the New bike and go bike hire facilities.
Bike and Go have installed bike hire here so what's the delay ? Up and running in Liverpool no probl … An american visitor at the Reading Regatta 2011 with an Oybike rented at Reading Station. Reading's http://www.oybike.com/ scheme, alongside some sturdy looking bike racks. Oybike Rent ''n' Ride, sponsored by First Great Western and operated by "oybike" has a clean shaft drive instead of a chain. Duck: look out here comes another free bike scheme!

Simon Nuttall with an OYBike - an automated bike hire scheme. Could they come back to the city? Bernie Hanning of OYBike at Park Street Cycle Park Detail of the Shaft Drive on an OYBike. Close up of the front of an OYBike - roller brakes, and dynamo lighting. The note in the basket explains how the scheme works. OYBike parking location near the main BBC studios and White City Tube.

See also a review of this scheme at www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/72/article7.html Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627 Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627 Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627 Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627 Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627 Milan's bike hire scheme (exact photo location unknown) Milan's bike hire scheme (exact photo location unknown) Cycle Blackpool hire-a-bike Cycle Blackpool hire-a-bike Cycle Blackpool hire-a-bike Cycle parking outside the Parc de la Tête d'Or, Lyon - but cycling is allowed inside the park too. Bikeworks cycle hire at the London Olympics. Opening in July 2012, New York's equivalent of the Boris Bike - not the Bloomberg Bike but the Citibike (yes, more bank sponsorship) [courtesy of NYC mayor's office www.nyc.gov] New borisbikes just up from Liverpool Street Station Boris Bikes at the Tower of London

Photos made during the Big Bus tour of London. Boris Bikes in Victoria Boris Bikes, Portobello. Details of the scheme and registration: http://iitm.be/tflbikes Covent Garden Boris Bikes Boris Bikes Boris Bikes Boris Bike station near Oxford Circus Belgrave Road cycle hire docking point Work to install the London Cycle Hire scheme.

Lets hope its as successful as http://www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/63/article14.html Route map at docking station for London's cycle hire scheme. Route marker at docking station for London's cycle hire scheme. Docking station for London's cycle hire scheme. Road closure and rental bike station Boris Bike station Boris Bike station Boris bike station Boris bike station Boris bikes docking stations near Kings Cross in the afternoon, usually full. Details of the scheme and registration: http://iitm.be/tflbikes Testing out the BorisBikes! Moving Boris Bikes around London as required. Bikes about to be redistributed from Waterloo using this electric vehicle Bikes about to be redistributed from Waterloo; jobs created for 9 people plus a few drivers.

See the action in progress on this video: http://cycle.st/p26326 Vast sea of BorisBikes during the 'redistribution' - when a constant stream of users dump their bikes and they are ferried to the other pick up points. Brilliantly efficient Boris Bike redistribution system at Waterloo Enjoy this short video of BorisBikes users, parking and continuing their journey to the station. 

The men in the hi-viz jackets are 'redistributing' the bikes to other locations - its a hive of activity! CycleStreets developers in London town for another business meeting. Bike rental scheme in Bilbao Bike rental scheme in Bilbao Rental station for Bilbao bike rental scheme Getxo Bici rental scheme in a Bilbao suburb Getxo Bici rental scheme in a Bilbao suburb Cycle rental scheme station at the RENFE station, Donostia/San Sebastián. Cycle rental station at the Amara train station in Donostia/San Sebastián Cycle rental station at the Amara train station in Donostia/San Sebastián Map of routes at cycle rental station at the Amara train station in Donostia/San Sebastián Cycle rental station at the Amara train station in Donostia/San Sebastián Velomagg bike rental scheme office and bikes, Montpellier rental scheme bike, Montpellier Rental bike station and crude road closure, Montpellier Map of Montpellier cycle routes at bike rental station English-language instructions for Montpellier bike rental scheme Velomagg bus rental station, Montpellier Velomagg rental scheme bikes, Montpellier - note the lock through the high-tech basket. List of Vélomagg bike rental stations, Montpellier Free bike scheme, Providencia, Santiago, Chile Free bike scheme, Providencia, Santiago, Chile Free bike scheme, Providencia, Santiago, Chile

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.

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.

Velopop rental bikes in Avignon

V'eol bike rental station, Caen

Velopop bike rental station; cycle parking 30m beyond; and on four days a week the roads around schools in central Avignon are closed to cars when children are arriving and leaving.

Rental bikes and others at Chambéry station, France

Bike rental outlet at Chambéry station, France

Cycle rental in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, Camargue

Bikes to rent on the almost traffic-free island of Bréhat

Cyclist leaving the Velostation Süd rental centre on a ZüriRollt bike.

Rental scheme bikes in Luzern (location uncertain)

Rental bikes at Luzern Backpackers

Rental bikes, Ouchy, Lausanne, Switzerland

Rental bike station, Ouchy, Lausanne, Switzerland

Velopass rental bikes, Lugano, Switzerland

Velopass cycle-rental scheme, Lugano, Switzerland

City Bike Rental in a former factory, now an arts/hostel complex.

Electro-assisted bikes are now popular with Swiss rental schemes, especially in co-operation with the railways.

E-bike at Lugano station - very popular in Switzerland, especially as rental bikes.

Metrovélo rental bike in Grenoble

Bike rental outlet at Chanbéry station, France

Vélonecy bike rental outlet at Annecy station - special deals for students

Vélonecy bike rental outlet at Annecy station

Pedestrianised street on the Ile Saint-Laurent, and a rental bike station.

Cycle rental in Metz.

Bike rental and storage at Metz station

Vélhop rental scheme bike at Strasbourg station.

Although only a small town, Chalon sur Saone has its own cycle rental system - simpler than the big city schemes, with no fancy docks - you phone this number and are given a code to release a lock on the bike.

Although only a small town, Chalon sur Saone has its own cycle rental system - simpler than the big city schemes, with no fancy docks - you phone this number and are given a code to release a lock on the bike.

Although only a small town, Chalon sur Saone has its own cycle rental system - simpler than the big city schemes, with no fancy docks - you phone this number and are given a code to release a lock on the bike.

Although only a small town, Chalon sur Saone has its own cycle rental system - simpler than the big city schemes, with no fancy docks - you phone this number and are given a code to release a lock on the bike.

Vélhop - Strasbourg's bike rental scheme

Rental bikes at the A&O Hostel, Munich

Rental bikes at the A&O Hostel, Munich

Bike rental shop in Beaune.

Not a VTT (Vélo Tout Terrain or mountainbike) but a VTC - Vélo Tous Chemins or a bike for all roads and tracks - an ideal rental bike for the chemins de halage or towpaths of Burgundy (from the Auxerre tourist office)

Rental bike at Cicloturisme i Medi Ambient, Girona

Lausanne (Switzerland) has a free bike scheme, but it's not automated like the French rental schemes.

Bike rental, Punta Arenas, Chile (location uncertain)

Bike rental, Pucón, Chile

Cycle rental, Pucón, Chile

Summer free bikes scheme, provided by Itaú Bank.

Summer free bikes scheme, provided by Itaú Bank.

There's a Vélib-style bike rental scheme on Copacabana beach - unfortunately you need to register online first.

There's a Vélib-style bike rental scheme on Copacabana beach - unfortunately you need to register online first.

I'm sure this wasn't open a week ago! New cycle rental shop at Liberdade metro station, Sao Paolo.

Yet another on street automated bike rental scheme. Siracusa, Sicily. Precise location unknown.

Friendly bike rental on viale Lido in Alghero.

Electric bike rental "Ecomania" in Alghero, Sadrinia.

E-bikes for rent - all the rage this year across Europe.

Mountain bikes for rent in Pralognan-en-Vanoise

The Bicycle Hub, Jackfield Tile Museum - bike rental and tandem specialists

Rules (in English) for bike rental from Liberdade metro station, Sao Paolo.

Chicago's new McDonald's bike garage/rental centre - www.chicagobikestation.com.

Signage at Chicago's new McDonald's cycle garage/rental centre.

Chicago's new McDonald's cycle garage/rental centre - www.chicagobikestation.com.

Bikes from Perpignan's cycle hire scheme

SmartBike DC - Vélib-style bike rental scheme (with US-style bikes) in Washington (approximate location).

Mac Bikes shop/rental at Amsterdam Centraal station.

Mac Bike, bike hire at Amsterdam station

Mac Bike, bike hire at Amsterdam station

Mac Bike, bike hire at Amsterdam station

Underground automated bike rental scheme at Antwerpen station. http://www.blue-bike.be/

Underground cycle rental scheme at Antwerpen station. http://www.blue-bike.be/

SmartBike DC - Vélib-style bike rental scheme in Washington DC.

The bike shop / cycle hire shop on Lammas Land in former public toilets.

Cycle hire at Windermere station - with reductions for train passengers.

Cycle hire is available at most Swiss railway stations (with matching cycle helmets, of course)

Cycle hire place at Barnstaple Station.

Huge group of Austrian schoolchildren on hire bikes arriving (accidentally) at the cyclists' breakfast, Bike Week 2009.

This location was set by synchronization with the track at location #18611. Fistral Beach bike hire

Bicycle rental, service and secure cycle parking at the main railway station in Bremen: ADFC Radstation.

Fahrradstation Oldenburg. Secure bicycle parking at the northern entrance of Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof (main train station). There is free as well as secure cycle parking on each side of the main station.

Secure bicycle parking at the Fahrradstation Oldenburg, at the northern entrance of Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof (main train station). There is free as well as secure cycle parking on each side of the main station.

Some kind of hire bike scheme, bikeabout, with what looks like a poor quality lock

White bicycles which are free to visitors of the Hoge Veluwe national park near Arnhem, Netherlands.

Rental bikes at Beaver Sports, Fairbanks AK

'Beer Bar Bike' for rent in Munich - also loads of 'normal' rental bikes, and another multi-seater, plus a conference bike (location approximate).

Bainton Bikes Ltd. is a family run bicycle hire company just setting up in Oxford. They recycle second hand abandoned bikes, by completely stripping them, repainting them and replacing all of the parts. www.baintonbikes.com

Bainton Bikes is a family run bicycle hire company just setting up in Oxford. They recycle second hand abandoned bikes, by completely stripping them, repainting them and replacing all of the parts. Kevin Moreland states: "Once they are road ... [more]

Cycle hire place and cafe near the damned end of Lake Vyrwny

Cycle hire at Stonebridge Lock

Bike Hire in Seville, Spain. 200 pick-up/drop off points around the city. €150 deposit, then €5 per week. The first 30 mins are free, the next hour €1, subsequent hours €2. (Information from Lonely Planet Spain guide). They look bri ... [more]

Bike shop and rental in Tavira (approximate location)

Cycle parking and rental bikes at Sevilla bus terminal

rental bikes at Sevilla bus terminal

Sevilla cycle rental scheme

Girocleta bike rental scheme at Girona bus station (outside the railway station)

Rental bikes at Girona station

Bike hire system Girocleta in Gerona near the Costa Brava in Catalunya - http://www.girocleta.cat/

Rental bikes in Barcelona

Instructions (in Catalan and Spanish) for Barcelonla bike rental scheme

Docking station for Barcelona bike rental scheme

Barcelona rental scheme bikes

Barcelona rental scheme bike on crossing near Sants station

English-language notice about bike hire in Zaragoza

Rental bike stand below very stylish cycle bridge at Zaragoza's new train/bus interchange.

Rental bike stand below very stylish cycle bridge at Zaragoza's new train/bus interchange.

Rental bike stand and parking below very stylish cycle bridge at Zaragoza's new train/bus interchange.

Rental scheme bikes in Zaragoza

Bike rental terminal in Zaragoza

Map of Zaragoza bike facilities

Rental scheme bikes in Zaragoza

Don't fool around on a bike - look twice - on a Zaragoza rental scheme bike/

Mac Bikes shop/rental at Amsterdam Centraal station

Bike rental, Sibiu, Romania

Bike rental, Sibiu, Romania.

Free bike scheme in Târgu Mures, Romania

free bike scheme, Târgu Mores, Romania

Good rental bikes at Cobwobs hostel, Sighet, Romania

Rental bikes 'parked' at the Island Magic Beach Resort, Caye Caulker, Belize - there are no cars on this island and only a few golf-carts.

Rental bikes at hostel, Biertan, Romania

The original cycle parking (4 cycle stands http://www.cyclestreets.net/location/35048/ ) has been joined by the New bike and go bike hire facilities. Bike and Go have installed bike hire here so what's the delay ? Up and running in Liverpo ... [more]

An american visitor at the Reading Regatta 2011 with an Oybike rented at Reading Station.

Reading's http://www.oybike.com/ scheme, alongside some sturdy looking bike racks.

Oybike Rent ''n' Ride, sponsored by First Great Western and operated by "oybike" has a clean shaft drive instead of a chain.

Duck: look out here comes another free bike scheme! Simon Nuttall with an OYBike - an automated bike hire scheme. Could they come back to the city?

Bernie Hanning of OYBike at Park Street Cycle Park

Detail of the Shaft Drive on an OYBike.

Close up of the front of an OYBike - roller brakes, and dynamo lighting. The note in the basket explains how the scheme works.

OYBike parking location near the main BBC studios and White City Tube. See also a review of this scheme at www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/72/article7.html

Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627

Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627

Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627

Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627

Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627

Milan's bike hire scheme (exact photo location unknown)

Milan's bike hire scheme (exact photo location unknown)

Cycle Blackpool hire-a-bike

Cycle Blackpool hire-a-bike

Cycle Blackpool hire-a-bike

Cycle parking outside the Parc de la Tête d'Or, Lyon - but cycling is allowed inside the park too.

Bikeworks cycle hire at the London Olympics.

Opening in July 2012, New York's equivalent of the Boris Bike - not the Bloomberg Bike but the Citibike (yes, more bank sponsorship) [courtesy of NYC mayor's office www.nyc.gov]

New borisbikes just up from Liverpool Street Station

Boris Bikes at the Tower of London Photos made during the Big Bus tour of London.

Boris Bikes in Victoria

Boris Bikes, Portobello. Details of the scheme and registration: http://iitm.be/tflbikes

Covent Garden

Boris Bikes

Boris Bikes

Boris Bikes

Boris Bike station near Oxford Circus

Belgrave Road cycle hire docking point

Work to install the London Cycle Hire scheme. Lets hope its as successful as http://www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/63/article14.html

Route map at docking station for London's cycle hire scheme.

Route marker at docking station for London's cycle hire scheme.

Docking station for London's cycle hire scheme.

Road closure and rental bike station

Boris Bike station

Boris Bike station

Boris bike station

Boris bike station

Boris bikes docking stations near Kings Cross in the afternoon, usually full. Details of the scheme and registration: http://iitm.be/tflbikes

Testing out the BorisBikes!

Moving Boris Bikes around London as required.

Bikes about to be redistributed from Waterloo using this electric vehicle

Bikes about to be redistributed from Waterloo; jobs created for 9 people plus a few drivers. See the action in progress on this video: http://cycle.st/p26326

Vast sea of BorisBikes during the 'redistribution' - when a constant stream of users dump their bikes and they are ferried to the other pick up points.

Brilliantly efficient Boris Bike redistribution system at Waterloo

Enjoy this short video of BorisBikes users, parking and continuing their journey to the station. The men in the hi-viz jackets are 'redistributing' the bikes to other locations - its a hive of activity!

CycleStreets developers in London town for another business meeting.

Bike rental scheme in Bilbao

Bike rental scheme in Bilbao

Rental station for Bilbao bike rental scheme

Getxo Bici rental scheme in a Bilbao suburb

Getxo Bici rental scheme in a Bilbao suburb

Cycle rental scheme station at the RENFE station, Donostia/San Sebastián.

Cycle rental station at the Amara train station in Donostia/San Sebastián

Cycle rental station at the Amara train station in Donostia/San Sebastián

Map of routes at cycle rental station at the Amara train station in Donostia/San Sebastián

Cycle rental station at the Amara train station in Donostia/San Sebastián

Velomagg bike rental scheme office and bikes, Montpellier

rental scheme bike, Montpellier

Rental bike station and crude road closure, Montpellier

Map of Montpellier cycle routes at bike rental station

English-language instructions for Montpellier bike rental scheme

Velomagg bus rental station, Montpellier

Velomagg rental scheme bikes, Montpellier - note the lock through the high-tech basket.

List of Vélomagg bike rental stations, Montpellier

Free bike scheme, Providencia, Santiago, Chile

Free bike scheme, Providencia, Santiago, Chile

Free bike scheme, Providencia, Santiago, Chile

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