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Bike sharing coming to NYC

The big news last week was New York City is going to be the next American city to begin a bike sharing program. 10,000 bikes will be placed on the street at 600 solar powered stations. This is another effort by the incredibly bike friendly D.O.T. to give more space to bicycles and increase ridership of the average city dwelling commuter.

Here is an article from the UK’s independent newspaper.

New York City bike share system gets a green light.
published: September 19th, 2011

New York City authorities confirmed last week that the Big Apple’s first bikeshare scheme will begin next summer. The New York City Bike Share scheme, operated by the NYC Department of Transport (DOT), is set to put America’s most popular destination on a par with rivals such as London and Paris.

Read more: here.

Another article by: Inhabitat.com, NYC Bike Share will have 600 stations-10000 bikes.

On September 14th, there was a formal announcement of the new program presented by D.O.T. Commissioner, Janette Sadik-Kahn with music, author and bicycle cleb, David Byrne.

Source: Transportation Nation.

(photos by Kate Hinds)


The company who won the bid for NYC’s bike sharing is Alta, who recently launched a program in Boston, known as the theHubway.

According to the Boston Globe, the success of the program in just a few months has already exceeded expectations.

In the informative NYC cycling blog, Brooklynspoke, a recent article, THE HEAT IS ON, illustrates through the use of a heat map, the areas where the public has expressed the most interest in bike sharing stations.

(source of D.O.T. heat map, here.)

Transportation Nation also highlights a few dates and locations where the bicycle sharing program can be tested out:

Saturday September 24, 12:00p.m.-4:00p.m. at Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene, 176 Lafayette Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt Avenues.

Thursday September 29, 12:00p.m.-6:00p.m in Union Square.

Sunday October 2 12:00p.m-6:00p.m at the Atlantic Antic festival, at the corner of Atlantic and Nevins.

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Here is the website for the NYC bike sharing program, nycitybikeshare.com. Stay tuned.

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