The much anticipated Citibike bike share in NYC is set to launch this summer after a year plus of delays, one of which was hurricane Sandy. Mechanics at the share have been systematically disassembling and reassembling each bike due to water damage. Each bike takes 2.5 hrs + to take apart and clean because of it’s complex anti-theft design.
No date for the launch has been set but the Gothamist reports Memorial Day. The program has been facing lawsuits similar to those in the Prospect Park West bike lane launch or rather NYC residents set in their ways will always challenge new cycling infrastructure developments. I found it funny that one resident opposing the bike share in the West Village said, “when I drive into the Village it’s going to be harder to park. I would rather not have them at all. It takes parking spots away from people like me. I just don’t like it.” Oh the entitlement!
I’ve been pleasantly surprised to hear from a number of people who told me their first foray into cycling in NYC will be with bike share. Many of these folks have said they’ve been to scared to cycle in the city before. Here’s to 10,000 more bikes on the street, all the the new cyclists that come with it and safer, greener transportation for our town!