is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired in 2013), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “How They Got There: Interviews with Digital Designers About Their Careers”and “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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Have you tried one of the bikes? They look great. I love the piece on the back that at once prevents chain mishaps and splash-up from the back tire.
I saw the same system in Madrid a couple of weeks ago. This sure is nice way to get familiar with a city.
Yeah, the new style is turning the seats for as most of the bikes are broken :/
It is a nice idea, but: since this year, there were almost no cycle tracks in Paris! Can you imagine how bad the parisians are riding the bike? No wonder they are all broken.
The bikes weight 26 kg and are designed for no more being comfortable on long distance (which is good, because otherwise it’s really going to be expensive). I once also did a blogentry on this, when I was looking for a bike – the 1000th time without succeeding.. here.
They tried a scheme like this in Cambridge (UK) in… oh… 1993 I think. They used all the stolen bikes that the police hadn’t managed to return, painted them all green and made them free. They all disappeared the first weekend the scheme was in place. All of them.
Glad to see that little problem has been ironed out, anyway.
Khoi, don’t miss Pierre Hermж! Also, Chez Prune.
Thank you for this post-
>> painted them all green
Wrong choice of color perhaps
When I used to live in Boulder Colorado we had bright green painted bicycles all over the city that were for public use. They were usually junkers with wobbly tires and creaky gears, but it was an absolute pleasure to find one leaning up against a building when you were running late for class or had a long walk home from the bars to look forward to. Every time I rode one the bicycle theme from The Wizard of Oz would play in the back of my mind.
In Copenhagen they have been doing something similar for years. The bikes are much simpler (no GPS, put a deposit of a 20KR coin to ride, etc). Problem is always that many of the bikes get stolen/broken, but overall it’s a great idea/success. Also, Copenhagen is perhaps the most friendly bicycle city in the world with special bicycle lanes, traffic lights, etc.
Read more here.
One of the great observations about Paris is that it’s a great architectural city not because of its great buildings, but because of the uncommon high quality of its everyday, normal buildings. So true, and it makes the city such a pleasure to wander and enjoy. I’m jealous. Have fun and have a sidewalk cafж on moi.
Thank you for your post. It’s nice to see a workable, usable, HUMAN transportation solution.
We used just such a system in Lyons last summer and loved it too (and rode around the city as fast as we can with silly grins on our faces). Awesome, wish they had them in every city.
The Vжlib bicycle system sounds really cool. Happy Belated Birthday from Tokyo. 🙂
Glad you had a great time! I was there twice this year and in terms of sightseeing, we got a chance to do more of it during the summer. Segway Tours were the best!
Not being able to ride the velibs is one of the minor albeit lingering disappointments from my honeymoon. My wife and I could not get a kiosk near Hotel de Ville to take any of our U.S. cards.
But I love that the system is there and to hear that other cities have them as well.
This past summer there was a design charette on the future of bike sharing in NYC.
Speakers from some of the successful european bike shares were also on hand to present about their systems.
Paris by night is so amazing and beautiful. I’m sure you enjoy in your trip in france.
Have you test our famous food? it’s an other particularity that represents the most the french culture.
A french man !
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