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Gallery: Bicycle Rental & Free Bike Schemes

Bicycle sharing systems, also known as: Community Bicycle program, Yellow Bicycle programs, White Bicycle programs, public bike, CityBike, "Call a Bike", "Boris Bikes" (in London: Details of the scheme and registration: http://iitm.be/tflbikes) or free bike. There also was a 'Green Bike' scheme in Cambridge in 1993. The first successful mobile positioning based scheme (no need for docking stations) was "call-a-bike" in Munich in 2000. "call-a-bike" has now 430,000 subscribers, who can unlock bikes in most larger German cities from their mobile phone.

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http://www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/63/article14.html Velov Scheme in Lyon

This gallery was created on Thursday, 8th October 2009

Libél rental bikes in Valence

Instructions in the basket of a Libél rental bike in Valence

Velopop bike rental station, Avignon [now removed]

Velopop bike rental station in Avignon [now removed]

Velopop rental bikes in Avignon [now removed]

V'eol bike rental station, Caen

Velopop bike rental station; cycle parking 30m beyond; and on four days a week the roads around schools in central Avignon are closed to cars when children are arriving and leaving.

Rental bikes and others at Chambéry station, France

Bike rental outlet at Chambéry station, France

Cycle rental in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, Camargue

Bikes to rent on the almost traffic-free island of Bréhat

Cyclist leaving the Velostation Süd rental centre on a ZüriRollt bike.

Rental bikes at Luzern Backpackers

Rental bikes, Ouchy, Lausanne, Switzerland

Rental bike station, Ouchy, Lausanne, Switzerland

Velopass rental bikes, Lugano, Switzerland

Velopass cycle-rental scheme, Lugano, Switzerland

City Bike Rental in a former factory, now an arts/hostel complex.

Electro-assisted bikes are now popular with Swiss rental schemes, especially in co-operation with the railways.

E-bike at Lugano station - very popular in Switzerland, especially as rental bikes.

Metrovélo rental bike in Grenoble

Bike rental outlet at Chanbéry station, France

Vélonecy bike rental outlet at Annecy station - special deals for students

Vélonecy bike rental outlet at Annecy station

Pedestrianised street on the Ile Saint-Laurent, and a rental bike station.

Cycle rental in Metz.

Bike rental and storage at Metz station

Vélhop rental scheme bike at Strasbourg station.

Although only a small town, Chalon sur Saone has its own cycle rental system - simpler than the big city schemes, with no fancy docks - you phone this number and are given a code to release a lock on the bike.

Although only a small town, Chalon sur Saone has its own cycle rental system - simpler than the big city schemes, with no fancy docks - you phone this number and are given a code to release a lock on the bike.

Although only a small town, Chalon sur Saone has its own cycle rental system - simpler than the big city schemes, with no fancy docks - you phone this number and are given a code to release a lock on the bike.

Although only a small town, Chalon sur Saone has its own cycle rental system - simpler than the big city schemes, with no fancy docks - you phone this number and are given a code to release a lock on the bike.

Vélhop - Strasbourg's bike rental scheme

Rental bikes at the A&O Hostel, Munich

Rental bikes at the A&O Hostel, Munich

Bike rental shop in Beaune.

Not a VTT (Vélo Tout Terrain or mountainbike) but a VTC - Vélo Tous Chemins or a bike for all roads and tracks - an ideal rental bike for the chemins de halage or towpaths of Burgundy (from the Auxerre tourist office)

Rental bike at Cicloturisme i Medi Ambient, Girona

Lausanne (Switzerland) has a free bike scheme, but it's not automated like the French rental schemes.

Bike rental, Punta Arenas, Chile (location uncertain)

Bike rental, Pucón, Chile

Cycle rental, Pucón, Chile

Summer free bikes scheme, provided by Itaú Bank.

Summer free bikes scheme, provided by Itaú Bank.

There's a Vélib-style bike rental scheme on Copacabana beach - unfortunately you need to register online first.

There's a Vélib-style bike rental scheme on Copacabana beach - unfortunately you need to register online first.

I'm sure this wasn't open a week ago! New cycle rental shop at Liberdade metro station, Sao Paolo.

Yet another on street automated bike rental scheme. Siracusa, Sicily. Precise location unknown.

Friendly bike rental on viale Lido in Alghero.

Electric bike rental "Ecomania" in Alghero, Sadrinia.

E-bikes for rent - all the rage this year across Europe.

Mountain bikes for rent in Pralognan-en-Vanoise

The Bicycle Hub, Jackfield Tile Museum - bike rental and tandem specialists

Rules (in English) for bike rental from Liberdade metro station, Sao Paolo.

Chicago's new McDonald's bike garage/rental centre - www.chicagobikestation.com.

Signage at Chicago's new McDonald's cycle garage/rental centre.

Chicago's new McDonald's cycle garage/rental centre - www.chicagobikestation.com.

Bikes from Perpignan's cycle hire scheme

SmartBike DC - Vélib-style bike rental scheme (with US-style bikes) in Washington (approximate location).

Mac Bikes shop/rental at Amsterdam Centraal station.

Mac Bike, bike hire at Amsterdam station

Mac Bike, bike hire at Amsterdam station

Mac Bike, bike hire at Amsterdam station

Underground automated bike rental scheme at Antwerpen station. http://www.blue-bike.be/

Underground cycle rental scheme at Antwerpen station. http://www.blue-bike.be/

SmartBike DC - Vélib-style bike rental scheme in Washington DC.

The bike shop / cycle hire shop on Lammas Land in former public toilets.

Cycle hire at Windermere station - with reductions for train passengers.

Cycle hire is available at most Swiss railway stations (with matching cycle helmets, of course)

Cycle hire place at Barnstaple Station.

Huge group of Austrian schoolchildren on hire bikes arriving (accidentally) at the cyclists' breakfast, Bike Week 2009.

This location was set by synchronization with the track at location #18611. Fistral Beach bike hire

Bicycle rental, service and secure cycle parking at the main railway station in Bremen: ADFC Radstation.

Fahrradstation Oldenburg. Secure bicycle parking at the northern entrance of Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof (main train station). There is free as well as secure cycle parking on each side of the main station.

Secure bicycle parking at the Fahrradstation Oldenburg, at the northern entrance of Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof (main train station). There is free as well as secure cycle parking on each side of the main station.

Some kind of hire bike scheme, bikeabout, with what looks like a poor quality lock

White bicycles which are free to visitors of the Hoge Veluwe national park near Arnhem, Netherlands.

Rental bikes at Beaver Sports, Fairbanks AK

'Beer Bar Bike' for rent in Munich - also loads of 'normal' rental bikes, and another multi-seater, plus a conference bike (location approximate).

Bainton Bikes Ltd. is a family run bicycle hire company just setting up in Oxford. They recycle second hand abandoned bikes, by completely stripping them, repainting them and replacing all of the parts. www.baintonbikes.com

Bainton Bikes is a family run bicycle hire company just setting up in Oxford. They recycle second hand abandoned bikes, by completely stripping them, repainting them and replacing all of the parts. Kevin Moreland states: "Once they are road ... [more]

Cycle hire place and cafe near the damned end of Lake Vyrwny

Cycle hire at Stonebridge Lock

Bike-sharing station at Córdoba station - and covered parking for scooters in the distance

Map of Córdoba's rudimentary bike-sharing scheme - only four stations!

The guided bus triggers an automatic switch in the lights, stopping the traffic on Milton Road for the guided bus to cross without much delay. As bicycles are not allowed on the guide way, cyclists have to press a button and wait.

Madrid bike-sharing station

Bike-sharing station in Madrid

Locations of bike-sharing stations in Madrid

Spaniards queueing at a bus-stop! and bike-sharing station to the left.

Bike-sharing station by Santander's waterfront route

Bike-sharing station in Santander

Bike Hire in Seville, Spain. 200 pick-up/drop off points around the city. €150 deposit, then €5 per week. The first 30 mins are free, the next hour €1, subsequent hours €2. (Information from Lonely Planet Spain guide). They look bri ... [more]

Bike shop and rental in Tavira (approximate location)

Cycle parking and rental bikes at Sevilla bus terminal

rental bikes at Sevilla bus terminal

Sevilla cycle rental scheme

Girocleta bike rental scheme at Girona bus station (outside the railway station)

Rental bikes at Girona station

Bike hire system Girocleta in Gerona near the Costa Brava in Catalunya - http://www.girocleta.cat/

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