Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2008.
Bicycle Pool, Paris, France
The pooling of vehicles for short term rent is an option that is
increasingly being considered and applied. The above photo shows the
"Velib" (Velo Libre) initiative in Paris, France, where bicycles are
offered for rental for less than 24 hours, and ideally for less than
2 hours. The system is composed of 1250 bicycle rental stations that
have an average separation of 300 meters with a pool of 18,200
bicycles. It turned out to be very popular pooling system but also
had some problems, notably a high level of vandalism and the need to
reposition bicycles between stations every night because of commuting patterns.