Bike rental company Bike and Roll unveiled a new ‘hop on, hop off‘ program at Tavern on the Green in Central Park yesterday, just in time for another great season of summer cycling. The service allows riders to rent bikes and return them to any of the company’s locations around the city. The new program could pave the way for bike sharing programs, which are still in the planning stages in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Bike rentals will be at 11 locations, including the Tavern on the Green parking lot in Central Park, Riverside Park South and West Harlem Piers Park. Prices range from $12 an hour for a beach cruiser bike to $69 for an entire day’s use. The company also hosts various other community programs such as free riding lessons for kids and tire repair services.
The program allows bike riders to rent at any location, and return the bikes at other locations throughout the city. This includes places like Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and even Governor’s Island. Previously, Bike and Roll would only allow cyclists to return the bikes at the same location where they were originally rented.
The ‘Hop on, Hop Off’ program is a great way to encourage New Yorkers to adopt a more environmentally friendly and physically healthy form of transportation. Hopefully, the program will also expand to other parks in all the boroughs, especially now that New York is becoming more bike friendly. If the program meets the success that Bike and Roll expects, we think that it would be a big boost for the implementation of bike sharing programs throughout the city.