Safer, better streets: The arrival of bike share

Today the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) announced an exciting new development: New York City Bike Share. This program is a major milestone in the progressive and innovative transportation policies arriving in our city.

The DOT conducted significant research and sought input from many folks (myself included). This is a well thought-out initiative, with promising viability for our bustling city.

A few highlights:

  • Starts rolling out in 2012
  • New Yorkers will be able to check out bikes at self-service locations
  • Mobile apps will show real-time bike availability at the stations
  • Sponsor-funded, not tax-payer funded, yet user options (via membership swipe cards) are affordable and approachable to all incomes and user types
  • Ideal for quick trips, both round-trip and one-way errands
  • Community-minded, with locations shaped by area vote and Community Board support

It’s a great day for NYC. 10,000 more bikes on the streets will make it safer and better for all cyclists – and for the city at large.

Charlie McCorkell
Owner, Bicycle Habitat

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3 Responses to Safer, better streets: The arrival of bike share

  1. This is a great program. I’ve seen this same set-up (same manufacturer I believe, the bikes look identical) in London and Montreal. The mobile apps are really great and I think will solve issues for people who need cross town transportation but hate relying on buses for their commute. The was really affordable in Montreal, I’m curious about the price for NYC.

  2. We have this here in Toronto and its been fantastic. NYC you are gonna love it 😉

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