Link: The City of Bikes » Celsias.
About community bike programs in Paris and Lyon. This works like the Vancouver car co-op, in that you have to buy in to get the smart card that will unlock the bikes (actually, this is a bit more hi-tech than the car co-op) - so the people who take the bikes can be tracked, and all the bikes will not be nicked within minutes. I would absolutely buy into such a program if one were to come here - I might not have spent 6 hours walking this sunday (not quite the original plan, it was a nice day and the short trips added up. Then I went for a run. I must be out of my mind.)