Just like Vélib in Paris, the Vélo Bleu service is a pratical and economical means on transportation in the French Riviere. Several French people who work, not so far away from home, use Vélo Bleu. It's an ecology discovery which not only helps save money spent on fuel but reduces pollution as well as traffic which is a major problem in several French Cities.
To use the service you must be between 1.45 m and 1.95 m and weigh less than 120 kg. The minimum age is 14 years old. Minors who use the bicycles are the responsibility of their parents. Only one person can use a bike at any time, passengers are not allowed!
The cities who offer this service known as libre-service have ensured safe bicycle paths for riders. French doctors recommend bycicle riding as a sport to keep fit, and French people believe it's the secret to les jolies fesses musclées that is beautiful well-shaped buttocks.
I was surprised to see a lot of people riding bicycles when i first visited France, it is a rare sight for a Lagosian. Our roads are very bad for bicycle riding and i hardly ever see any adult ride bikes except kids.
Renting the Vélo Bleu doesn't cost much. There are various rates known as abonnement, available for occasional or regular users. Bike hire prices are :
- €1 for a day
- €5 for a week
- €10 for a month
- €25 for a year
In summer, if i decide to go bike-riding with my husaband who adores this sport, i use the Vélo Bleu like several tourists. At home, we do not have enough space in the store for two bicycles as we live in an appartement and because i am not a bike lover, my husband's bike stays down in the store and i rent the Vélo Bleu.
Last year, while i was in Nigeria on vacation, my husband worked till late, he didn't realise how late until it was past midnight. He didn't drive to work that day, the train, tram and bus had stopped working so he rented a Vélo Bleu and rode all the way home, from Nice to Cagnes-sur-Mer, about 12 km.
Here is the bike rental map with 1 200 stations. Helps to know where to pick up one and where to fit it after use.
|Vélo bleu bike-hire map - Stations in Nice|