For some time, the designer and bicycle activist, Chris Bruntlett, has compiled a list of 12 very easy-to-implement ideas that would help cities become more suitable places for children. Among the ideas is considered, for example, that children have safer spaces to ride a bicycle, relating to this mode of transport since childhood.
Taking this proposal as a reference, the initiative that has just been launched in Paris is moving further in that direction. The city’s public bicycle system, the Vélib’,recognized as one of the best and third largest in the world, has recently launched the P’tit Vélib’, the world’s first public bicycle system for children.
The Inclusion Of The Bicycle From Childhood
Seven years ago Paris debuted the Vélib’, its first public bicycle systems. Since then the system has been very well evaluated, with a bicycle for every 97 inhabitants and 38.4 daily trips per 1000 inhabitants, reason that has earned him a position among the seven best systems in the world.
Against this, the French authorities wanted to encourage even more the use of the bicycle as a means of transport. So earlier this year, the government announced that it would pay citizens to use their bicycles on commuting-a plan designed specifically for adults.
Following the strategy to encourage the use of bicycles and with the aim of including children, P’tit Vélib ‘was launched, a system that will encourage children to adopt their bicycle from the beginning of their lives, creating a habit of using them in Their daily paths. According to the City of Paris, this is the first initiative of its kind in the world.
P’tit Velib ‘
The 300 children’s bicycles are available at stations that until recently had only the Vélib’and are located near Bois de Boulogne, Bois de Vincennes and Zones 30, quieter places to begin to familiarize yourself with this means of transport.
Currently the P’tit Vélib ‘are in five places of the city, but it is expected to include more of them during the summer of 2015, after the evaluation of the first months of operation.
The models of bicycles are suitable for children from 2 to 8 years of age, and at the time of renting them-which can be done by an adult-are released together with a helmet, which does not occur with the adult version . Another difference is that bicycles must be returned at the same station where they were rented.
The cost of renting a bicycle for children is approximately $ 20 per day, still far from the $ 39 per year of adult bicycles. However, there are cheaper options of P’tit Vélib’for shorter periods of time.
Although the cost of renting a children’s bike is high, the example of Paris is inspiring for cities that already have their own bicycle systems and for those who are still developing their strategies.
Paris Vélib’ Launches Bike-Share for Kids – Streetsblog USA
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