When I went to Europe last year, Paris had bikes parked everywhere for you to rent and ride around. Now, NYC is trying to bring the same concept. I hope it works.
Check out New York Bike Share and help support it!
Here's some words from their website:
Imagine walking to a sidewalk corner and finding a public bicycle. With a cellphone call or swipe of a card, you unlock it from its bike rack and ride it across town. Once at your destination, you steer to the closest bike rack and, with one more call or card swipe, return the bike to the public network. You pay less than $.50 for the trip, and the bike is once again available for the taking.
So-called “bike-sharing” already exists in cities across Europe, with Paris alone currently installing over 10,000 bikes at 750 stations. Bike-sharing is revolutionizing transportation networks and greening the urban fabric. Why isn’t it here in New York?
From July 10 through July 14th, The Forum for Urban Design will relaunch last year’s successful Bike-Share Project at four locations:
Storefront for Art and Architecture (97 Kenmare Street at Cleveland Place)
Birdbath Bakery (233 1st Avenue at 14th Street)
City Bakery (3 West 18th Street at Fifth Avenue)
Birdbath Bakery (145 7th Avenue South at Charles Street)
With a photo ID and a credit card (we note your cc number to ensure that the bike is returned), you can take a bike on a spin around the neighborhood or across town.