The program is intended more as an alternative transportation option to get from one point to another, rather than for recreational use. You buy a card for the length of time you want (24 hours, a week, a month or a year) and then you are able to use the bikes in 30 minute increments between check-ins at one of the CitiBike kiosks around the city.
My initial reaction to this program was concern – it is hard enough to navigate the city in a car or even on foot, between taxis and buses weaving in and out of traffic, potholes the size of a small cars and large groups of pedestrians crossing streets against the lights. I realize these programs have worked well in other cities and they represent a great environmental choice of transportation, but the thought of people not familiar with New York City bicycling around Manhattan is daunting to me.
|Ride the City Map|
|West Side Greenway Bike Path
As the program is barely a week old, the jury is out on whether it is a good idea to hand over access to a fleet of bicycles to tourists in one of the busiest traffic cities in the world…What do you think? Would you rent a bicycle in New York City?