When we were last in Paris (September 2008) we saw bicycle rental stations everywhere in Paris (we call them push bikes here in Oz). We are going back to Paris this September and wondered whether tourists can rent them and how to do it. These bicycles looked like they would be ideal for short jaunts through the city. It seemed that you could drop them off at other rental stations. Any advice re. how to use these would be greatly appreciated.
Also, are there maps of good (safe) bicycle routes or bicycle lanes through Paris? The banks of the Seine look ideal but we wondered about other routes as well.