Nice is a great place to cycle The Promenade des Anglais is long and wide and the city even has some cycle lanes now :)
However the Vélo Bleu system is already showing signs of fatigue and is generally badly implemented.
Before you can do anything, you need to register however the website is in French. I found it relatively easy to navigate and sign-up but I would imagine it would put off most straight away. I'm not sure if you can register over the telephone. When you sign-up your store your mobile phone number and card details.
Then it comes to getting a bike. Quality was generally poor. The first day I used it the first bike I chose was in good condition but the second day I had to hire and return three bikes before getting one that was acceptable (although second gear didn't work on that one!) Many other bikes were showing serious signs of wear and tear.
The hiring stations do offer French, English and Italian and when you understand how they work it's relatively simple (although very slow).
All the faff aside, when you do get a bike it's great fun and really enjoyable.
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