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Bixi with American (no chip) credit card?

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Bixi with American (no chip) credit card?

We've found that our American-style, no security chip credit cards don't work in the automated machines in Metro stations. Will they work at a Bixi stand?

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1. Re: Bixi with American (no chip) credit card?

Very unlikely!

Did you want to do a whole day of bike riding or just use Bixi as a mode of transport from A to B?

If you want to make long rides, then Bixi is not the best system for you. Bixi is meant to be a mode of public transport, for short 30 min rides that get you from point A to point B. You can read more on their website.

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2. Re: Bixi with American (no chip) credit card?

Apparently Americans can get chip cards if they ask at their banks.

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3. Re: Bixi with American (no chip) credit card?

Why not just try it?

We've heard from lots of Americans who've used Bixi. One even specifically mentioned that not having a chip was OK, unlike Vélib in Paris (tripadvisor.com/…44051989), so my guess is that it will work.

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4. Re: Bixi with American (no chip) credit card?

Yeah, we'll try it tomorrow, probably. A friend told me she had no trouble, so it's likely to work.

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5. Re: Bixi with American (no chip) credit card?

Yes, they will work at the Bixi stands. Be aware that Bixi rentals are for 30 intervals. You can take a bike for 30 minutes at a time for 24 hours with no extra cost, but you must return each time before 30 minutes are up or you will be charged extra. (The return period is supposedly 10 minutes before you can safely take another without being charged.) If you are looking to bike for the day, Bixi is NOT for you, go to a bike rental store.

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6. Re: Bixi with American (no chip) credit card?

Worked like a charm!

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7. Re: Bixi with American (no chip) credit card?

Great!

Is it indiscreet to ask what card you have?

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8. Re: Bixi with American (no chip) credit card?

No problem. It's a Visa card from Chase.

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9. Re: Bixi with American (no chip) credit card?

Good to know for future travellers. Did you enjoy the system?

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10. Re: Bixi with American (no chip) credit card?

I loved it! Really impressed.