07/29/2008 02:05 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cheap Bike Rentals The Newest Fashion In Paris

They're clunky, heavy and ugly, but they have become modish -- and they are not this season's platform shoes.

A year after the introduction of the sturdy gray bicycles known as Vélib's, they are being used all over Paris. The bikes are cheap to rent because they are subsidized by advertising, and other major cities, including American ones, are exploring similar projects.

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