Readers often ask me whether they should consider giving the Paris bike rental scheme, Velib', a chance. I usually tell them that it's a great option for experienced urban cyclists who feel totally confident in their capacities to react to unwieldy behavior from cars and pedestrians, or for those who want to take a spin on bike trails in the vast city parks known as the Bois de Vincennes or Bois de Boulogne. Otherwise, I tend to advise against it as a means of getting around. If you're considering giving the Velib' a whirl on your next trip, make sure to learn about how it all works and read my notes on safety ahead of time.
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