The moment many New Yorkers have been waiting for has come to pass. NYC DCP has finally placed a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a bike sharing program infrastructure. The Bloomberg administration in New York is planning on creating a large-scale bike-sharing program that would make bikes available for thousands of New Yorkers, a process that has already become mainstream here in Washington DC where I am visiting for Thanksgiving.
For New York planners like Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner, bike sharing is another trophy on the new urban planning mantle. This is the same administration that has instituted the closing of Broadway for pedestrians and the installation of over 250 miles of bike lanes. The new program calls for planners to shoot for 10,000 bikes and 600 stations that start mostly in Manhattan and spread to the rest of the boroughs.
By comparison, the DC Capital Bike Share is currently the largest in the nation at 114 stations and 1100 bikes. The program, launched in 2007, is widely popular and seen as a great step for the United States in terms of encouraging sustainable infrastructure and living.
We walked by one of the stations in Capital City near the Pentagon today and the prices seem extremely reasonable with good coverage of the main destinations at least in this area. What’s more, trips that last less than 30 minutes are free! Think of how many places you could get to in 30 minutes on a bike in the metropolitan area and those savings become a real draw for the program.
Planning on hitting up on of the stations and riding around this weekend. More news and reviews to come.
Benjamin Boyd is a student of landscape architecture at the University of Florida. He is the editor for Landscape Invocation and aspires to practice in the DC area upon graduation.