I hope they get it to work...I was in Paris last June and it looked like a great program. I tried to use one, but you needed a European credit card that has a special chip. The bikes and racks were all over the city, so you could travel to lots of areas and have a place to return it.
I am not sure why they just don't charge the credit card of the person that took the bike out of the rack if it isn't returned. That would pay to replace the bike. I thought that was the reason for the credit card.
I have heard or read that one of the problems here would be the helmet issue. A lot of bicyclist in Paris were wearing helmets, but a large portion of the riders I saw did not, especialy when using the rental bikes. And how do you rent the helmet.
They are ugly bikes....but they grow on you. Like a fungus between my toes?!?
Come on, they look like those stupid mopeds from the 70's sans the motor...
I do like that someone put fur on the tires, any Rats in Paris?
does anyone know about theft and vandalism that happen with the rental bikes in millennium park or navy pier?
I heard that there was a problem that no one was returning the bike to the rental station in Montmartre (a hill). Apparently no one wanted to pedal uphill when they can just coast to the next rental station.
looks like the Paris experiment was a little naive.