Sunday, February 10, 2008

February 10--Paris, France

Vertical Garden by Patrick Blanc

Along with London, Paris won the 2008 Sustainable Transport Award. The award recognized the city for enhancing the sustainability and livability of their community or region by adopting innovative transportation strategies that lessen the impact of climate change. This was done by creating a bike sharing, mass transit system called Vélib (Freedom Bikes). People pay a low fee to use the bikes from one of the many bike parking stations located in the city and they can return the bikes to any station they wish. By the end of 2007, Vélib had more than 1,200 stations and 15,000 bikes in the system. Paris has built more than 314 kilometers (195 miles) of bike lanes, and bicycling has increased 48 percent during the past five years.

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