NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -New Yorkers now have another way to get around the city.
New York City’s controversial bike share program rolled out on Monday for roughly 15,000 annual members who will have one week of exclusive access before daily and weekly memberships start on June 2.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan officially launched the program at a docking station near the Brooklyn Bridge.
“The Citi Bike program is a big win for New York, and it’s already the largest bike share system in the nation,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “It’s going to give New Yorkers another way to get around town by extending connectivity from subway and bus stops.”
“Citi Bike isn’t just a bike network, it’s New York City’s first new public transit system in more than 75 years,” said Sadik-Khan. “Bikes are convenient, safe and affordable transit for growing numbers of New Yorkers and Citi Bike will change how we get around the city for years to come.”
Thousands of people have signed up as Citi Bike founding members, paying the $95 annual fee for unlimited rides of 45 minutes.