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Paris Launches a Bike-Share Program for Kids

Children ride free bicycles as part of the Little Vélib' system in Paris on June 18
Children ride free bicycles as part of the Little Vélib' system in Paris on June 18Photograph by Remy de la Mauviniere/AP Photo

Vélib’, the popular Paris bike-share program that’s a model for others worldwide, is expanding its customer base to children. Starting today, kid-size bikes—including some with training wheels for children as young as three—will be available for rent at five sites around the city. More locations will open later in the summer.

If that conjures visions of tykes whizzing around the Arc de Triomphe or dodging traffic on the Grands Boulevards, relax: All the kids’ rental outlets are next to public parks or bikepaths. And unlike the adult version of Vélib’, all the bikes will come with helmets.