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.
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!
Via the New York Observer