Across the globe, cities such as Barcelona, which started its bike-share program in March with 1,500 vehicles and 100 stations, and New York, which launched a five-day trial program sponsored by the Forum for Urban Design last month, are embracing bicycles as a way to cut back on both traffic and pollution.
However, it remains to be seen whether people's acceptance of these programs is simply a passing fad or whether this movement has the power to take root and transform the face of public transportation around the world.
Like many citydwellers across the globe, Maxime Berthemey, a native of Paris, relies on public transportation to get around. It is on people, such as Berthemey, that Vélib and other such initiatives depend.
"I don't own a car, but I hope that people who do will choose to take bikes instead of their cars for short distances. I think that's the idea and I hope that's going to work," he said.
For now, it seems the French have adopted a new credo: "I think, therefore I bike."