Monday, December 13, 2010

Bike Sharing Program Coming to NYC?!

How exciting is this! The biggest bike-sharing program in the country (programs currently running in Denver, Minneapolis, DC and soon to start in San Francisco) might be popping up in NYC soon. The New York City Department of Transportation issued an RFP last week. Fingers crossed everyone!

New York is aiming to have a 24-hour network of approx. 10,000 GPS and wireless equipped bikes. The bikes will be held in solar powered bike stations dotted around the city. Paying members will be allowed to take an unlimited number of half hour trips each day at no cost above their subscription fee. Longer trips will incur a small charge.

If this goes through, the city is aiming to have a fully functional system in place by April 2012. A test period of two months is set for next summer, with 30 bike stations set to open in key locations thought out NYC.