There is a program for bicycle rental/sharing in Paris called Velib.
You can rent a bike from a kiosk and return it to any other of the kiosks located around the city. It does have a number of logistical and operating issues too that are detailed in the wiki.
It's just a single line of escalators that either move uphill or downhill depending on the time of day (down in the morning, up in the afternoon/night).
I found this out the hard way when i took the 20min escalator to the top of the hill and then had to walk 2 hours back down the zig-zag streets.
Lesson #1: don't follow moving stairways to heaven....
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