I absolutely love bike shares in cities. If you haven’t been to London or Paris to see them absolutely working and creating a whole new layer of healthy transportation within a city’s infrastructure, well, you’re missing out. It’s a beautiful thing to see. And it puts a city on the right path toward legitimizing cycling as an accepted and safe means of transport. As we all know, it is imperative that we get out of our cars and get off our asses and use our own energy to move us around.
I’m happy to hear that NYC had a major breakthrough today:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Citi CEO Vikram Pandit today announced that Citi will be the title sponsor for New York City’s new bike share program, “Citi Bike.” The $41 million agreement will allow the nation’s largest public bike share system to be provided at a low cost to users and at no cost to taxpayers. The program will provide a new, affordable, 24/7 transportation option for New Yorkers and will launch in July 2012 in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Citi Bike branding will be displayed on the system’s 10,000 bikes and 600 bike docking stations.
The photo is my bike this weekend in Prospect Park. So lovely…