- Posted May 27, 2013 by
New York, New York
Citi Bike Program Launches in New York City
The Citi Bike program launched for those would-be cyclists who joined the program early today, Memorial Day, in New York City. Despite reports of a single stolen bicycle this morning, the program seems to be off and running - or "cycling" if you prefer - without too many hitches. A visit to various stations across Manhattan found them enjoying a moderate to brisk amount of activity.
Some young men at the Pike and Monroe Street were enjoying the bikes for some free exercise. Unfortunately, the check-in screen at this location had also been smashed in - before new cyclists were even able to use the station. Fortunately, program members can access each bicycle without using the screens. Non-members will be able to check out the bikes beginning Sunday, June 2nd.
Elsewhere, near MOMA, Con Ed emergency workers enjoyed taking a break at the bike stands. And at one of the busiest stations near Central Park at 57th and Broadway, Citi Bike employees visited the station, which appeared to be experiencing some technical difficulties. According to the Citi Bike web site, this was one of the busiest stations in Manhattan on this the first and apparently otherwise successful day of program.
See more photos taken on the day of the Citi Bike launch here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stribs/sets/72157633751622964/