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.
More than 9,000 people who have signed up for the program will be able to ride starting Monday. The bikes will be available to anyone starting June 2.
In order to make way for those controversial bike docking stations, some residents claim their cars were towed without warning and they were illegally forced to pay cash to get them back.
Annual memberships cost $95 and provide one year of unlimited free rides lasting 45 minutes or less. The first 5,000 to sign up will receive “Founding Member” keys, ride exclusively during first week of launch and receive a $10 discount on three major bike helmet brands.
The Transportation Commissioner said that roughly half the bike stations were moved from their originally proposed locations after input from neighbors.