June 25, 2007 By News Report
Bicycles in the city are a new vehicle for short distance urban transport and participate in sustainable and environmental policies, a growing demand of governments and citizens. As traffic jams and pollution reach an unprecedented level, governments try to solve environmental issues through a global multimodal public transport service. Bicycles perfectly complete the offer of subways, tramways and buses for seamless mass transit.
With 20,600 bicycles available on 1,451 stations, Paris Velib' service will be the largest worldwide project of bicycle rental. Parisians will rediscover their city freely, in a convenient, user friendly and clean new vehicle and ASK contactless card.
"The Cyclocity badge complies with ISO 14443 B standard, the widest public transport standard for contactless microprocessor cards, says Christophe Peix, ASK France Sales Manager. Badge requests are now available through a new dedicated website at http://www.velib.paris.fr/, he adds."ASK as the leading provider of contactless tickets and cards for public transportation systems was a natural partner for JCDecaux when developing its self-service bicycle rental in Lyon. Since it was launched in May 2005, ASK has successfully provided C.ticket, contactless paper tickets, TDM, a Ticket Dispensing Machine as well as subscribers' contactless cards.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.