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New York City cycle enthusiasts, the wait is finally over. After numerous delays, the Big Apple’s bike share program is slated for launch just in time for summer. The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) estimates they have about 10 docking stations (sans bikes) currently on the ground, with plans to install 300 stations housing 5,500 bikes by this May. Once fully implemented, Citi Bike will be one of the most extensive bike shares in the country with 600 stations and 10,000 bikes. Read more
Those anxious to cruise through Midtown Manhattan on a sweet city-sanctioned ride will have to curb their enthusiasm just a bit longer. New Yorkers proud to call one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the country home have been anxiously awaiting the launch of a new bike share program. After suffering a delay earlier this year, the New York City bike share program will not begin until May 2013, according to the city’s Transportation Department. The start date has been postponed because of equipment damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy.
This is not the first time the city has pushed back the opening of the pedal-program. The program’s postponement in August was due to faulty software. Following the hiccup, the city announced the initiative would feature 7,000 bikes available at 420 stations by March of 2013. Originally, the city planned to expand to 10,000 bikes and 600 stations by summer of that same year, but the surge of Hurricane Sandy made those plans a wash. The warehouse storing the equipment, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, took on “several feet of water,” said city transportation commissioner Janette Sadiq-Kahn. She added that, given the amount of issues the storm has caused, a spring launch is still excellent news.
Last spring, we picked the Top 10 Cities for Cycling, those U.S. locales where bike lanes, cycler safety, and easy access to two-wheeled transportation all rank high for residents and visitors alike. Four of those cities – Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and St. Petersburg, Florida – were set to launch ambitious bike share programs this summer. Unfortunately, the start dates have passed for each of those places, and we’re still waiting on those cycle rentals. So what happened, and when can you expect to see bike shares in your city?
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