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CitiBike share is coming…

This has been a stellar week for NYC’s very anticipated bike sharing, sponsored by Citibank and due to kick off in May.

Citibike docking stations have already been put up in several Brooklyn locations:

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Here is a nice big one I found in the Fulton Mall on Willoughby St, near a couple of Downtown Brooklyn hotels.

In the beginning of April, Streetsblog.org transportation reporter, Ben Fried, got a chance to take the bikes out for a preview ride:
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Taking Citi Bike for a Test Ride
By: Ben Fried
April 5th, 2013

With Citi Bike set to launch later this spring, the long wait for bike-share in New York City is almost over. But I couldn’t bring myself to wait an instant longer, so recently I headed over to the Brooklyn Navy Yard to try out some Citi Bikes.

A small network of bike-share stations has been operating for the past few months in the Navy Yard, where people who work inside the walls can try out the system, checking out bikes using the same key fobs that annual subscribers will get once Citi Bike launches. I was able to borrow one of the fobs and go for a test spin on a frigid morning in March.

Read more: here.

Which brings us to this week,

Monday (4/14/13)
Streetsblog reporter Stephen Miller reported that NYC Deputy Mayor, Howard Wolfson (twitter: @howiewolf) and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn, launched the official sign up to the citibike program where people can go on line and register for annual memberships.

Howie tweeted:
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Article from Streetsblog:

Sadik-Khan, Wolfson Invite New Yorkers to Sign Up for Bike-Share
by Stephen Miller
April 15th, 2013

wolfson_jsk_citibike_keyDeputy Mayor Howard Wolfson and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan hold a giant Citi Bike key this morning. Photo: Stephen Miller

In 2009, the Department of City Planning released an ambitious blueprint for bike-share in New York, and in 2011, the Department of Transportation began an extensive public process to site actual bike-share stations. Now the planning is giving way to implementation, with North America’s largest year-round bike-share system set to launch in May. Today, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson marked an important milestone: New Yorkers can now sign up for annual bike-share memberships.

Annual membership sign-ups have been open since early this morning, and more than 2,500 people have already subscribed at the rate of about $103 per year (including tax), which entitles users to unlimited rides up to 45 minutes long.

Read more: here.

I wanted to be cool like City Council member Brad Lander ,
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so I signed up, citibikenyc.com/signup for a $103.00 fee and got my annual membership.

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As you can see by my registration number (5946) the program has almost hit 6,000 in just three days.

Gothamist filled this report April 16th,

Citibike Sells 5,000 Annual Memberships in Two Days.

Although City Council member, Brad Lander is on board other members like Transportation chairs James Vacca and potential mayoral candidate John Liu, reacted with paranoia and fear.

From an article in AM NY:

“I cannot stress enough how important it is for the Department of Transportation to properly assess all the impacts that an ambitious program like this can have,” City Councilman James Vacca, who chairs the Transportation Committee, said in a statement.

Comptroller John Liu agreed, and said the DOT should find a way to get riders to wear helmets, which is not mandated by state law.

“According to the Department of Transportation, in 97% of fatal bicycle accidents in New York City the rider was not wearing a helmet,” Liu said in a statement.

Today (4/17/13) it looks like bike stations are rolling into Manhattan.
This according to Streetsblog:

Eyes on the Street: Bike-Share Takes Manhattan
by: Stephen Miller
April 17th, 2013
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Citi Bike’s first Manhattan installation, at Fulton Street and Cliff Street in the Financial District. Photo: CitibikeNYC/Twitter

Citi Bike station installations began in Bed Stuy about ten days ago, working west through Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn. Now, with about 60 stations installed, bike-share has crossed the East River, the Citi Bike Twitter feed informs us that the system’s first Manhattan installation has gone in at Cliff Street and Fulton Street in the Financial District. The system is scheduled to launch next month, and thousands of New Yorkers have subscribed since annual memberships went on sale Monday.

So, after this latest development, will any Manhattan City Council members join their Brooklyn counterpart in signing up for bike-share?

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