NYC Launches Nike Share ProgramDale Campbell
Bikes are currently available in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Plans include expansion into Queens, further into Brooklyn and also to the Upper East and West Sides. Chicago and San Francisco plan to follow in the near future with their own programs. The initial rollout in New York makes this the largest bike sharing program in the US, surpassing the existing system in the Nation’s Capital City.
The initial rollout in NYC has not been without its issues, however. On the day of the rollout, approximately 100 members had still not received their keys to enable removing the bicycles from the station stands. On the day prior to the rollout, one bike was stolen while workers were frantically filling the stations with bicycles in preparation for the 27 May opening. Fortunately, the $825 bike was recovered within a day’s time.
Please note that the system is for members only. One New York Times reporter tracking the opening noted a US visitor from Sydney Australia – Chris Pennington- and his son approached one of the bike stations. As the Times reporter notes, “Mr. Pennington inserted his credit card, but the bikes would not budge. After a few moments, Mr. Pennington was told that only annual members could ride.” If you want to find out more about the system, visit www.citibikenyc.com/