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100 Velib’ bikes fished out of Parisian canal

100 Velib' bikes fished out of Parisian canal

Fate of some of French capital’s stolen hire scheme bikes uncovered as Canal St-Martin cleaned… Council workers in Paris have fished around 100 Velib’ hire scheme bikes from the Canal St-Martin in the north-east of the French capital.

Introduced in 2007, the popular bike-share programme has been beset by problems related to theft and vandalism, but at least the whereabouts of some of the missing bicycles has now been resolved.

The canal, which featured in the movie Amelie, was drained earlier this month to enable it to be cleaned, with items found there including shopping trolleys, toilets and a handgun, reports The Local (link is external) .

But it’s Velib’ bikes that have turned out to be one of the most popular items to dump in the waterway, which runs from near the Gare de l’Est towards the Seine, going underground as it approaches the Bastille quarter.

Albert Asséraf, director of strategy at advertising firm JCDecaux, which operates the scheme, told Liberation: “We may still find two or three more, there’s still a little bit of water.”

The bikes that have been recovered are in no state to be returned to the fleet, although some parts may be cannibalised for use as spares.Despite […]

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