This is the latest novelty in Parisian street furniture. Experienced at 6, impasse Guéménée (IV e) and at 11, rue Jacques Coeur (IV e), near the bike path of the rue de Rivoli, the vélobox is a closed metal bicycle shelter, whose key has been handed over. first users Thursday, March 21st.

The first two prototypes each have six places. “As this is an experiment, the model that will be deployed in Paris by the end of the year may not be exactly that,” warns Christophe Najdovski (EELV), deputy to the mayor in charge of transport, roads and public space which specifies that a call for tenders was launched at the end of 2018.

A subscription of 8 to 10 € monthly. The elected official announced that “300 to 500 sheltered and secure places will be installed in the capital by the end of 2019. This represents an investment of one million euros, to which must be added an annual operating budget of 200,000 € which covers the maintenance, the maintenance and the management of the subscriptions ». The subscription to this new service should cost “8-10 € per month,” says Najdovski.

Currently in the experimental phase, the first two veloboxes have been made available free of charge to volunteers who appreciate the initiative. Installed impasse Guéménée, Marco, university professor of 53 years, underlines that “it is practical and reliable since the municipality assured us that the key is not reproducible”.

Limit vols.Designed for cyclists who, like Marco, do not have a room or yard to store bicycles in their building, the velobox should help limit flights. An 18th-century resident, Régine has not dared to leave her bicycle in the street since one morning, she found her without a front wheel!

“The traders told me that there was a traffic of spare parts”, reports this fifti that since, stores his two-wheelers in the cellar. “But it’s not practical. If there was a closed bike box in my street, I would be ready to use it, “she says.

On the other hand, this Parisienne ticks on the announced price: “8 € per month, I think it’s quite expensive, compared for example to the annual subscription to Vélib ‘which is 37,20 €. Aligning Velobox rental with the annual subscription to Vélib ‘would seem reasonable.

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