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About Vélib'

Bikes for everyone

Launched in 2007, Vélib' Métropole is a pioneer of bike-sharing service in the world.

Vélib’ Métropole aims to promote new mobility in the Greater Paris area.

Our service counts several million journeys each month, making Vélib’ a key operator in public transportation.

Vélib’ in numbers : 

  • 1400 docking points in Greater Paris area
  • 20,000 bicycles, including 35% of electric bikes
  • 400,000 subscribers in 2020
  • 5.5 million journeys made in September 2020 (one-month record)
  • 215,000 journeys made on September 11th 2020 (one-day record)

20,000 self-service bicycles

Green or Blue Vélib’? The Vélib’ Métropole service makes available 20,000 bicycles–mechanical (green bikes) or electric (green bikes).

Launched in 2018, electric bikes make getting around easier. They are used for more than half the kilometers travelled on Vélib’.

💡 Did you know? At the peak, each bike is use more than 10 times a day on average during summer.

 

1,400 Vélib’ docking points in the metropolitan area

With 1,400 docking points in Paris, and 55 municipalities in the metropolitan area, the Vélib’ service is the world largest bike-sharing system, from the end of 2020.

The location of the Vélib' stations are examined and chosen by the local authorities in order to provide maximum accessibility for users and to blend in the public space.

💡 Did you know? There is a docking point every 300 meters in Paris.

 

Local employment and environment

Smovengo, as operator of Vélib' Métropole, employs nearly 500 people for the maintenance and regulation of the public service.

Most of the manufacturing and assembly of the Vélib' is made in France. Fork, handlebars, electronic box, wheels, mudguards and basket are all manufactured by French companies.

Our commitments:

🔧 We work with specialized partners to encourage social reintegration through employment and train our bike mechanics.

⚡ The fleet of vehicles used for maintenance and regulation is 100% electric or natural gas based.

♻ The parts of the bicycles are recycled and transformed: tyres become belts and inner tubes become bags or wallets.