NYC Bike Share Will Have 600 Stations & 10,000 Bikes!

by , 09/14/11
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New Yorkers, it is time to rejoice! The city has finally selected Alta Bike Share of Portland, Oregon to install and manage our long-awaited public bike share program. The bike share will have a whopping 600 stations, spreading from Crown Heights in Brooklyn to Manhattan’s Upper West side, and have 10,000 bikes available for use. We could see the bike share as soon as next summer, but the best part is that membership will be flexible, and an annual subscription will likely cost less than a monthly MetroCard.

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The official announcement of Alta’s selection will come this afternoon at a press conference with the DOT, but the New York Observer call Alta, and they confirmed that they are indeed the winner. Alta launched the successful Washington D.C. bike share program last year, and a program in Boston this summer, but NYC’s program will dwarf both of these systems — D.C. only has 110 stations and Boston has a mere 61, with D.C.’s program currently being the largest in the country.

NYC’s bike share is expected to be similar to D.C.’s program, in that it will be a 24-hour service and have multi-day or annual subscriptions available. Also, the first 30 minutes of riding will be free, with regular fees for each additional 30 minutes. Alta will be seeking a sponsor to help pay for the program, and profits will be shared between the companies and the city.

Now we just have to wait and see where the bike sharing stations will be placed, a process that will no doubt spark a lot of arguments and heated debates considering that we can’t even decide where to add bike lanes. But DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is they city’ biggest advocate for bike friendly streets, so we have faith that the program will do well.

Three cheers for green transportation!

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Via the New York Observer

Lead image courtesy NYC DOT, all other images are of Alta’s Washington D.C. and Boston bike shares



  1. Jessica Dailey March 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    @Nick, I think that you misread the article and are assuming that a monthly subscription to the bike share would cost less than a monthly MetroCard. The article clearly states that "an annual subscription will likely cost less than a monthly MetroCard," meaning that a YEARLY subscription to the bike share will cost less than a MONTHLY MetroCard, which is $109. In other words, an anual bike share membership will cost less than $109. You can confirm this on the NYC Bike Share website: ....Suggesting that a bike share membership would cost $800 for a year is rather absurd.
  2. Nick Bourbaki March 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm
    TJSonOfAnder: Actually, the bikes being "monopolized" by people with the least alternative transportation, in the most bike-able area, sounds like optimal efficiency. Regarding the article: Since a monthly metrocard costs $70 (or more now?), they seem to be saying an annual subscription will cost around $800. I've been using the same $500 bike for 15 years, with maybe $200 in maintenance. This bikeshare, at 15-20 times the expense of bicycle ownership and maintenance, will not be priced for me or anyone in my income bracket. I wish they'd just installed some free bike racks, maybe even with security cameras on them, so I could leave my bike in the city. Hell, even a small fee for bicycle security would have been massively empowering to bikers. This sounds like it's more about being massively profitable.
  3. TJSonOfAnder September 30, 2011 at 10:44 am
    Boise ID (my home town) had a bike share program 10 years ago. Simply re purposed old bikes painted yellow. But within a month all of them had gone missing and the city speculated that someone had taken them all for scrap until someone pointed out that they were all parked in from of the homeless shelter and had personal locks on them. They were being monopolized by the people who were always downtown with no other means of transportation. I'm sure the system in NY will work much more efficiently.