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Old 04-25-2008, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Too tired to climb the hill? Velib gives you fifteen additional minutes on your bike

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Velib, the Paris public bike rental service is a success, but a unique problem has emerged: users are dropping more bicycles in lower neighborhoods than riding them up. In order to give incentives for the cyclists to drop bikes in "high" stations, the company will give you 15 additional minutes to drop the 22 kg bike off in "high" neighborhoods such as Belleville or Montmartre. Velib has already more than 183,000 users, 1,451 stations available and 20,000 bicycles.

If you're a really fit biker, you can try to participate in the Velibmontant contest, in which you have to climb up rue Ménilmontant riding a Velib. The current record is 3 minutes 15 seconds. The hill is a steep one!
The problem makes so much sense I couldn't help but find it funny,

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Old 04-25-2008, 11:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I bet if they offered 50 cents per delivery, they'd have all kinds of school kids bringing those honking heavy bikes up to the hilltop stations.

And probably all kinds of lawsuits about something or other...
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Old 04-26-2008, 02:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It is so obvious but, people did not think of that problem when the program started.

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