Two wheeling it through NYC
Fifty four percent of all the trips New Yorkers make are less than three kilometres long; soon they’ll have another way to get from point A to B. A self-serve bike sharing system is scheduled to launch this summer enabling users to rent a two wheeler close to home (or hotel), ride away into the sunset (maybe) and then return it to another station near their destination. The Citi Bike system will consist of 10,000 bikes and 600 stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Stations will feature a kiosk with a touch-screen, docks into which the bikes are locked and a map of the whole shebang. The bikes can be rented on site via credit card for an unlimited number of trips 24/7 for either one day, a week or annually (the latter must be purchased online). Accessing a bike for 24 hours costs US$9.95, seven-days US$25. Meant for short jaunts, the first 30 minutes of any trip is free, the second costs US$4, the third US$13 and so on. For specifics: citibikenyc.com.
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