Bike Share Coming Soon to NYC

If you had access to a convenient network of bicycles in the areas where you live, work and play, would you ditch your car and opt for transportation on two wheels? Pretty soon you’ll have the opportunity, thanks to a new bike-share program coming to New York City by summer 2012.

If you had access to a convenient network of bicycles in the areas where you live, work and play, would you ditch your car and opt for transportation on two wheels? Pretty soon you’ll have the opportunity, thanks to a new bike-share program coming to New York City by summer 2012.

New York City Bike Share, a privately funded transit option to be launched by Alta Bicycle Share and the New York City Department of Transportation, expects to place 600 stations and 10,000 bicycles throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn’s most populated areas.   Similar to how ZipCar operates, bike rentals will be inexpensive (by membership or pay per trip) and available 24/7. Plus, you don’t have to worry about storage or maintenance of the bike.

According to Alta, 54% of all trips New Yorkers make are less than two miles, which means cycling is a relevant potential means of transportation for daily life.  In fact, cycling in New York has doubled from 2006 to 2010 due to  popularity and the advanced biking infrastructure of over 700 miles of city lanes within the city limits.

Whether you’re ready to hop on two wheels or just want to improve the quality of life in your neighborhood, help bring a bike share station to your area by suggesting a location at www.nyc.gov/bikeshare.

Map of suggested NYC Bike Share Locations

And don’t forget the basics of safe cycling – brush up on how to bike smart with tips from the NYC DOT.