Mayor Bloomberg’s bike-share program will debut in May, the New York Daily News reports. When is it fully operational, it will reportedly be the largest bike-share program in the country.
The bike-share program, first advocated by the city Transportation Department in 2009, will provide a low-cost transportation alternative for NYC, where almost half of all workers live within five miles of their jobs, according to Bloomberg.com.
The Citi Bike system will include 10,000 bicycles at 600 stations. People will be able to rent bicycles on an hourly, daily, weekly or annual basis. For now, the pick-up and drop-off points will be in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Cyclists can sign up for a $95 annual membership, which allows unlimited 45-minute rides. Trips longer than 45 minutes will be charged overtime fees: $2.50 for the next half hour, $6.50 for the half hour after that, and $9 for every 30 minutes thereafter.
A 24-hour pass costs $9.95, while a seven-day pass goes for $25. Both those options come with unlimited 30-minute trips and overtime fees for longer rides: $4 for the second half-hour, $9 for the third half-hour and $12 per 30 minutes from there on.
The program’s debut has been delayed twice due to Hurricane Sandy and computer software problems. Citigroup has sponsored the program with $41 million in funding.
While many people support this innovative program, some are concerned about the dangers for cyclists on the city’s already-congested streets. The transportation website streetsblog.org reports that 19 cyclists were killed in the city in 2012, based on preliminary data.
If you have been injured in a New York City bicycle accident that was someone else’s fault, contact the New York City personal injury law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., to discuss possible compensation.