And just in case you may not happen to know . . .  back in early 2005, the City of Lyon, in close partnership  with  the firm JCDecaux (street furniture, outdoor advertising) , got together in a lively partnership and for the first time ever  in a city anywhere on the planet decided to dump  a couple of thousand “public bikes” onto the streets of a city, keep them working  and see what happens.   And they never looked back.

Today more than a decade later if you visit Lyon you will find some three thousand Vélo’v  bikes available for your use (soon to be up to four thousand) , salted around the city at some 350 stations (soon 400), within at most a five minute stroll  from wherever you happened to find yourself.

Now, thirteen long years later, it works better than ever.  In 2017 there were nearly 25000 daily rentals, more than 8 million trips in the year and 68,500 long-term subscribers. The price: for unlimited use of tis close to zero carbon way of getting where you want to go in the city: a wallet-flattening 19 Euros a year.

Thank you Lyon and JCDecaux for thinking about us ordinary people in our day to day lives, daring to think big, take a big risk and then making it happen.
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Have anything at hand that you think should be added to this short list? Get in touch with watching-briefs@ecoplan.org

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as a development economist, Francis Eric Knight Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris, New York), he is MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent non-profit advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, incomplete information, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: Climate/Action/Plan 2019-2020. In the autumn of 2018 he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of countering climate change from GHG emissions from the mobility sector. (For more see Britton online at https://goo.gl/9CJXTh, @ericbritton. email at climate@ecoplan.org) and Skype: newmobility.)

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