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Paris Launches World’s First Bike Share for Kids

Paris Launches World's First Bike Share for Kids
Aurelien Meunier—Getty Images Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo presents P'tit Velib', a bike share for kids, on June 18, 2014 in Paris, France.

Youngsters can learn to bike safely at an early age

Tiny Parisians can now drop €10 euros ($14), rent a bike and ride to wherever tiny Parisians need to go.

On Wednesday, Paris debuted P’tit Vélib’, the world’s first bike share for kids, according to the program’s blog. The initiative is run by Paris’ bike share program Vélib’, the third-largest in the world, to encourage 2- to 8-year-old kids to learn how to bike safely. And that means all 300 bikes include helmets and all five rental stations are off-road, located by parks, pedestrian spaces or areas with bike lanes.

The program was developed when city officials discovered that roughly half of Parisian children learn to bike outside the city, according to the Associated Press. Paris has limited space for bike lanes, which makes it difficult terrain for young bikers.

Four different bikes are available—two include detachable training wheels—for varying age groups. Prices range from €4-6 ($5-8) per hour and no more than €12 ($16) per day, more expensive than the adult Vélib program, which offers an unlimited annual pass for €29 ($39).

Launched in 2007, Vélib offers over 17,000 bikes for rent.

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