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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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Continue reading CitiBike share is coming…

Mayor Bloomberg declares bikes are more important than cars

This just in…Mayor Bloomberg is also a radical zealot like our D.O.T. Commissioner JSK. At a recent meeting of transportation authorities he declared bikes are more important then cars.

More from Gothamist: Cyclists Are More Important Than Cars, Bloomberg Declares By: John Del Signore October 26th, 2012

Today Mayor Bloomberg made an appearance [...]

Goodbye to a kind soul. Cyclist Danny Lieberman

Danny Lieberman with Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at this year’s Five Boro Bike Tour.

I meet Danny a dozen times on rides, street memorials and throughout the bicycle scene. He was a warm kind-hearted soul and I was saddened to find out he recently passed away from leukemia. Here is a beautiful remembrance by [...]

Bike Love…and hate, week in review.

Well NYC is getting a lot of bike love these days. Eclectic artist, musician and avid cyclist, David Bryne, wrote a piece in Sunday’s NY Times endorsing the bike sharing program coming to NYC in a month. (Citibike.)

Opinion This Is How We Ride

“This summer the city’s Department of Transportation inaugurates [...]

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 [...]

2 articles from the Times

There’s been some good bike coverage in the New York Times.

On Saturday, Op-Ed Columnist Frank Bruni wrote about his recent ride with D.O.T. commissioner, Janette Sadik-Kahn. They talked about her critics, vision and inevitable legacy.

Bicycle Visionary by: Frank Bruni published: September 10, 2011

(graphic by: Christopher Brand)

“Something lovely and all too [...]

“Roberta Moses”-diss or compliment for Janette Sadik-Kahn

Great article about the media bash of the D.O.T. and it’s Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn in Metropolis Mag. Writer, Karrie Jacobs thinks calling the commissioner “Roberta Moses,” shouldn’t be seen as a diss, to the late Robert Moses and his short sighted automobile lust of NYC, but rather as a compliment for redesigning our cities [...]

NY Mag platform for Bike Lane debate

I don’t have a lot of time for this posting because I’m buried in tax prep. But enough about me…Most of you noticed this huge bike lane article in NY Mag. It’s hard not to notice because it made the cover.

The author, Matthew Shaer, takes an in depth look at the debate [...]

DOT commissioner will be at NYCC meeting today

The DOT commissioner, Janette Sadik-Kahn will be speaking at the latest meeting of the New York Cycle Club tonight. This meeting is open to all.

Find out more details here.

Youth Bike Summit in NYC

Bike Community Joins Forces to Empower Youth

WHEN: Friday, January 14th to Sunday, January 16th

WHERE: The New School, Johnson/Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, New York

KEYNOTE INTRODUCTION: NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn

DESCRIPTION: The 1st annual Youth Bike Summit is a 3-day gathering geared towards students, educators, and advocates. The conference aims [...]