Photo via CitiBikeNYC.com—official website of NYC’s new bike-sharing system, details of which were announced this past week by Mayor Bloomberg and his influential & controversial transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan
Citi Bike is a self-service system that provides members with easy access to a network of thousands of bicycles. Pick up a bike close to home or work, ride, then return it to any of the hundreds of stations to be located throughout the city.
Citi Bike will consist of 600 stations, 10,000 bikes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. It will be privately sponsored, privately launched and privately operated, with no public funding.
It’s more than just a different way to get to work. 54% of all trips New Yorkers make are less than two miles. Bike share will make these trips cheap, easy, efficient and fast. Bike share also leverages the city’s great mass transit system, extending the reach of transit into areas which aren’t easily accessed.