Last week the winner of who will get the contract for the NYC bike sharing program went to Portland based Alta Bike Sharing program. They’ve already set up successful city wide bike sharing programs in Washington D.C., Boston and Melbourne. New Yorkers were so excited when the program was officially announced last Wednesday, September 14, that the website set up to ask people to vote on where to place a “station” has been bombarded with an astounding number of requests – 4,500+ already!
Vote here: http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/
Wondering what it will really be like once 600 stations are installed across the city? Check out the bikes, the stations and how it all works at one of the demos. The first one was in DUMBO this last weekend. Though the “look” (aka. paint job & colors) of the NYC bikes has yet to be revealed the bikes themselves are a done deal.
Here’s a detailed schedule of demos you can go check out:
- September 21 @Bowling Green
- September 22 @Dekalb Market
- September 24 @Brooklyn Flea
- September 29 @Union Square
- October 4 @Atlantic Antic
- Plus more date in Spring to be announced
For the Love of Bikes went to the first preview in DUMBO and came back with a full report & pictures!
How does it work?
- A yearly membership costs $100 though rides shorter than half an hour are free
- There will be 10,000 bikes in 600 locations
- Users can check bike availability with forthcoming informative apps
- Users just swipe a card at the solar powered system and it unlocks the bike
- Bikes can be returned to any station, making single rides and short rides easy
- The first stations will be located around Manhattan and north western Brooklyn
- New users will receive coupons for discounts on helmets at local bike shops.
- A GPS system will be put inside each of the bikes (don’t bother trying to steal them, or trying to flee the post-Apocalyptic police state by borrowed bike)