25 February 2008: Will Vélib work in London?

VelibKieron Yates and Matt Tempest report from Paris on the Vélib bike hire system that has brough 20,000 bicycles to the streets and transformed the French capital overnight into a cycling metropolis. Can it work in London?

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Photo by Deep Blue

  • http://www.elycyclingclub.com marc cox

    that’s a stinker of a cold Jack, still a great show. Did anyone see this show last night ?:
    I think there’s another programme next week on ch4.

  • http://www.tredzblog.co.uk/ Ol

    Great show, interesting points. I think practically forcing people out of their cars is the only way.

    Not unlike the show that Marc mentions above.

    I saw (and blogged!), about ‘the woman who stops traffic’ last night. I couldn’t believe that level of resistance from the local councillors.

    It’s a 3 part series by the way. Durham and somewhere else make up towns used.

  • Jack

    Yes, Marc, there’s no hiding it! A real brute. But feeling a lot better now.

  • http://PaulWonnacott,devon caz

    the velib looks quite distinctive and cute…

    ‘the woman who stops traffic’ was excellent and the progress she made in the town was amazing. it just shows as a nation we are very lazy. driving 1m into town is exceeding lazy!!!

  • nilling


    The music on your recent shows justs get better!

  • Nuna Khan

    Think the idea of cycling in London is great but not as practical in my area as it’s just all motorways and roundabouts!
    London and all major cities needs to be car free in lots of areas and cycles seem to be the obvious answer… more to the point it screws the congestion charge and that berk Ken Livinstone!

  • Ron

    I thoroughly enjoyed this show, as I do all of them.

    Folks might be interested in downloading Price Tags http://www.pricetags.ca/pricetags/pricetags101.pdf
    which is entirely devoted to Paris Velib. Nice pics