The Biggest Bike Share Ever
This July, New York City will join the likes of Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and other big cities across the U.S. (and world) to roll out a bike-sharing program. Citi Bikes will be the largest sharing collective in the country, touting 10,000 bikes and 600 stations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and a few in Queens, allowing riders to buy membership by the day, the week or the year. It's cheap, and your one-time fee will allow you a ride of up to 45 minutes at a time, without additional charge.
One New York Times columnist is pretty geeked about the opening, to say the least. “It will make New Yorkers rethink their city and rewrite the mental maps we use to decide what is convenient, what is possible…The possibilities aren’t limitless, but the change will be pretty impressive.” Considering that 54 percent of trips that New Yorkers make are less than 2 miles, that could very well be true. Skip a cab, skip the subway, hop on the nearest bike (with a few commuting essentials) and you’re off.
Whether or not the program takes off is yet to be seen, but suffice it to say that more bike commuting options are a step in the right direction. Health-conscious, eco-friendly and, hell, a lot more fun.
A quick travel aside: There’s one more great thing about having public wheels in NYC, especially. When you spend the majority of a commute underground (as a tourist or as a born-and-bred New Yorker), you miss out on witnessing what’s happening around you. There’s a part of the city that you only know based on train stops, instead of the shops or the feeling of a neighborhood. But pedaling through an area changes all of that—you’re able to connect to a big city in more than just an underground way.