The problem with the public bike scheme in Melbourne is that the law states you must wear a helmet when cycling in Victoria. I approve. It has saved many lives and bad injuries. But!!!
'Un helmet, siv u plate monsure? Non, fermay lez bouche and bugger orf, mon chap.'
Apparently the first stock of bikes for the Parisian public bicycle scheme were nicked and ended up in South America. The went there by the container load. But from what I observed, the public bike scheme in Paris is cheap and popular. As you can see, my French is lacking but I could read enough at the time to pick up that the bike hire is very cheap.
Viva la Francais. (Sorry, I know the cumulocirculation thingy for Francais is buried somewhere in the keyboard, but I can't be bothered)