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NYC Rolls Out Bikeshare Program
May 28, 2013

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New York City's first new public transportation in recent memory is off to a rolling start, on two wheels.

Citi Bike is a ride-share program that features a network of 300 stations featuring a fleet of 6,000 bicycles, in parts of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. It is the largest bike-share program in the U.S. (Another notable program is in Washington, D.C.)

Users holding annual passes were given first ride. Holders of weekly and daily passes were soon to follow. An annual pass, which can be purchased online, costs $95. A weekly pass costs $25, and a 24-hour pass is $9.95. All purchases must be made by credit card.

Annual members get keys that fit into locked bike docks. Weekly and daily users are issued keypad codes to unlock the bike docks.

Riders must be 16 or older, and all bikes must be checked out from Citi Bike stations and returned to Citi Bike stations. The maximum rental time is 24 hours; users who don't return their bikes in that time could face a fee of up to $1,000.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the program, part of a large cycling initiative, which has also included the addition of more than 350 miles of bike lanes to NYC streets in recent years.



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