NY BikeSharing Program Launch


More than 10,000 communal bicycles will flood the New York city streets next summer as part of an ambitious bike-share plan. The program is launched by “Alta Bicycle Share Inc.” a Portland based company that already operates a bike sharing program in Boston and Washington. It purpose is to curb traffic and reduce emissions. The memberships are expected to cost less than $100 a year and the first kiosks will be set in Manhattan south of 79 St. and Brooklyn neighborhoods.

New York bike map route: http://www.nycbikemaps.com/

In Denmark there are 274 miles of bike lanes as well as a “bike only” bridge that gets tens of thousands of bicycles during rush hour. More than 1/3 of the city’s 1.2 million residents bike to work. New York wants in on the action. It already developed 250 miles of bike lanes and will open over 600 bike stations.

The program is expected to cost about $50 million over five years, and while user fees will cover some of the operating cost, Alta is looking for corporate sponsors to pick up the rest of the tab. For example, Barclays bank pays near $40 million over five years to put its name and logo on more than 6,000 bikes in docking stations in London.

via: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/09/15/2011-09-15_city_goes_bike_to_the_future_massive_cyclesharing_program_to_start_next_year.html#ixzz1aJDotVi7