Paris news!  A fun, eco and new way to cruise around the City of Light is to rent a bike in an innovative city-wide system.  Just swipe your credit card into a kiosk machine, receive a card with a code, choose a one-day or one-week ticket, unlock a “velo” – that’s “bike” to you – hop on, wheel around, and drop off at a specified point.
 
Over 1000 stations throughout Paris opened almost immediately.  The first half-hour is free, then its only 1 euro (about $1.45) for the second half hour; 2 euros for the third half-hour and 4 euros for every half-hour thereafter. [A 150-euro security deposit is required.)
 
The unisex bikes have adjustable seats and come equipped with a basket in which to place les croissants and les fleurs and other purchases. The jaunty website, www.velib.paris.fr, occasionally also offers info in English.
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