It always seems to be sunny and warm in those pictures of smiling Citi Bike riders traversing New York on their shiny blue bikes. But the reality is that winter has settled upon the Big Apple and that means snow and ice potentially wreaking havoc upon the largest bike sharing system in North America. So the Department of Transportation and operator NYC Bike Share have come up with a plan to beat the winter blues by moving thousands of bikes from their street-side docking stations to sidewalk and plaza stations when winter storms hit. Workers will then shovel out the docking stations to get them into operation as soon as the snow passes.

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Officials said that the Department of Transportation and NYC Bike Share will be in communication when a major snow storm is forecasted and will take action. In the event of a shutdown, Citi Bike members will be notified via email and alerts will be sent out via social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook..

And for those hardy bike riders braving the elements? Washington, D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare website provides some cold weather tips, including layering clothes, protecting the extremities, covering up, being visible by wearing bright clothing with reflective strips, and most importantly planning ahead!

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Via DNAinfo New York

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