Tonight On The UWS: NYC Bike Share Community Planning Workshop

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

The NYC Bike Share program has all the makings of a fantastic addition to the city’s transportation options. When it goes live this summer, people will have the ability to easily rent bikes from “stations” around the city, peddle to their destination, and then return the bike to the nearest convenient station.

Tonight, Upper West Siders have the opportunity to get involved in the planning process by participating in a planning workshop. It’s a great opportunity to have your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions heard.

Per the DOT:

Join Manhattan’s Community Board Seven, local residents and business owners at a roundtable planning workshop to help decide how bike share should work and where stations should go in the Upper West Side.  In partnership with the Community Board Seven, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer,  NYS Senator Thomas Duane, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, and Council Member Gale Brewer.

The workshop will take place at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (899 Tenth Avenue, at 59th Street), room 630T.

Sessions begin at 6:00 and 7:00 pm.

The Bike Share program was demoed on the UWS last October (last item).

NYC Bike Share will be run by Alta Bicycle Share — lots of good stuff at Alta’s website if you’re looking for more details, including a useful FAQ, an overview of how renting a bike works, and some information about possible pricing structures.

Introducing NYC Bike Share, a revolutionary new way for you to get around New York City, scheduled to launch summer 2012. Bike sharing expands your transportation options; it empowers you to go your own way.

NYC Bike Share is a self-service system that provides members with easy access to a network of thousands of bicycles. Pick up a bike close to home or work, ride, then return it to any of the hundreds of stations to be located throughout the city.

NYC Bike Share will consist of 600 stations, 10,000 bikes in Manhattan and Brooklyn, potentially stretching to Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx. It will be privately sponsored, privately launched and privately operated, with no public funding.

It’s more than just a different way to get to work. 54% of all trips New Yorkers make are less than two miles. Bike sharing is a great mobility choice for short trips that are too far to walk, but too short for a cab or subway ride. Sustainable, convenient, expeditious and safe – NYC Bike Share will benefit you and your community.

Here’s a brief video that provides a basic overview:

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