Excitement Builds as First New York Bike-Share Stations Deployed

Brooklyn Spoke excitedly reports on the first sightings of what will eventually become the largest bike-share system in the United States. NYC DOT has begun installing docking stations throughout the city.
April 10, 2013, 6am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Utilizing a trove of photographs, Doug Gordon reveals the minute details of the Citi Bike docking stations that began popping up in Brooklyn last weekend. Delayed for several months by software problems and Sandy flooding, the bike-share system is scheduled to begin operating next month. Elements explored include the wayfinding map, solar pole, instruction for use, and the general impression of the stations, which he says "fit into the overall feel of a typical New York City street environment."

At Transportation Nation, Alex Goldmark explains a bit more about the roll out and the program's history. One interesting element is how the system plans to reach those with fewer transportation options.

"The program will also attempt to right a weakness of other bike share programs: low usage among low-income and non-white residents," notes Goldmark. "At launch, there will be CitiBike stations within one block of all 29 NYC Housing Authority properties in the program area. And NYCHA residents will get a 40 percent discount in the $95 annual membership."

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Published on Sunday, April 7, 2013 in Brooklyn Spoke
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