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Velib bike-sharing scheme hits road bump in French capital
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PARIS (Reuters) - Paris’ pioneering Velib bicycle hire service, which has been copied from London to Seattle, has ground to a virtual standstill after the new concession holder failed to install revamped docking stations on schedule.
Under the 700 million euro (618.97 million pounds) contract, about half of the new bikes should have become available at the start of 2018, but fewer than 100 out of a planned 1,400 stations opened on time, while the old Velib bikes have been withdrawn.
The consortium - which includes bike share operator Smoove, car park operator Indigo, mobility group Mobivia and Spanish transport group Moventia - said in a statement that legal action by JCDecaux and technical problems with electricity supply to the new stations were part of the reason for the delays.
Paris city hall is offering Velib subscribers three hours for free on Velib’s new electric bikes and a 50 percent discount on new subscriptions from January to March to compensate for the inconvenience.
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