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Is there a system in Paris that will let me rent a bike to get across town, if so how does it work?

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Here's a short ebook about cycling in Paris:… (PDF), from: – Hugo Jul 23 '11 at 6:49
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You're looking for Vélib I think.

English explanation of the system.

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please can you expand this answer a bit as the website is not in English – Ian Oct 15 '10 at 9:18
I linked their english explanation. – jilles de wit Oct 15 '10 at 11:56

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