NYC Bike Share Program Faces Questions

NEW YORK (AP) — Some community leaders are questioning plans for a bicycle-sharing system in New York City.

One of the two companies vying for the contract is having financial problems with its system in Montreal. The government there has given the company $108 million in financing to save the program.

Sean Sweeney, who heads the landmarks committee for New York’s Community Board 2, said he is worried that the kiosks and bicycle parking stands will clog up narrow sidewalks in SoHo.

In addition, the New York Times reports some of the most experienced companies have decided not to bid for the program.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s administration wants to launch a test program with 30 stations later this summer. It eventually wants 10,000 bicycles available for lending 24 hours a day at 600 stations.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Rugbyball

    You know what, bikes in NYC is a very good idea. And the walking citizen shouldn’t have to fight for space. SO how about you take up One to Two car parking spaces in the street and place the bike racks. Easy as pie and walkers dont lose any space. Ya, like city will allow one or two spots of lost parking meters or more importantly parking fines.!

  • J. Eddins Phoenix, AZ

    They started a program just like this one in Phoenix, AZ about 10 years ago. There were 100’s of used bicycle and about 30 to 40 special built bicycle parking lots, where you pick up and drop off your borrowed bicycle, set up throughout the city. The bicycle were painted the cities colors, purple. The “Share a Ride” as the program was called, open with great fanfare. The program lasted two days, all the bicycle disappeared, never to be seen again.

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