The city announced this week the locations of the thousands of bikes at sharing stations that they are going to set up. They also announced that Citibank will be the sponsor so we can all look forward to Citibank advertising plastered all over the clunky bikes.
They gave demonstrations and tested them last fall to gauge customer response which has been pretty positive. For 95 bucks a year you unlock a bike and peddle to the next location, which hopefully is pretty close to where your destination is, and lock the bike up there for the next rider.
Bikes in the city are nothing new. We’ve been covering bikes for a number of years. There were even bike racks designed by celebrities set up around the city (okay, that should be celebrity, singular, as David Byrne designed them). Byrne is an avid cyclist and we’ve seen him more than once maneuvering through the city’s streets on his bike.
There are of course, dangers to riding in the city. Despite all the bike lanes that are being constructed, separating bikers from vehicular traffic, both parties do meet occasionally, primarily at corners where turning is involved. Luckily for this rider he wasn’t seriously injured.
Not everyone likes bikes. Motorists are complaining about the bike lanes (Hey, legally driving is considered to be a privilege, not a right, learn to share). The bike sharing stations will take up some parking spots (there’s almost nowhere to park legally in Midtown anyway, so those stations aren’t going to take up any spots). However the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo Türk likes bikes. Here he is getting a neat folder to take with him when he gets home to Ljubljana.
Check out more coverage of National Bike Week on FocalPoint.
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