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Velib’


Though this is not strictly something you can do in Paris with small kids, the Velib’  has become a serious mode of transport around Paris. It is really interesting to see how every Parisians from every walk of life has taken to it.

All over this wonderful town you can find bicycles belonging to the city council. With a swipe of a card that costs me all of 35 euros a year, I can jump onto an elegant grey bike and cycle (in my case kamikaze style) to my destination. There I find the nearest point and drop off the bike. Nothing could be easier.

It is a bit harder, though possible, to rent the bike out as a tourist with a credit card. The instructions are not easy to follow, but if you persist you will get there and it is so much fun exploring Paris via bicycle and not being restricted to the metro.

The problem is that there are no children’s seats on the Velib’. Though I have once or twice seen a kid sitting in the basket mounted at the front of the bike, it is definitely not something I would recommend! Just wait until the kids are a bit older and you can get them a bike of their very own.

The Velib system is constantly being upgraded – so I will update as soon as the system has become more kid friendly.

Emilie


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June 30, 2010

[…] you to the nearest Velib’ station and let you know if if there are any spare bikes. Read more here. Metro: The metro system in Paris is easy to use and takes you everywhere. There is only one type […]


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