Ten Thousand Blue Citibikes to Hit New York Streets

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Monday, May 7, 2012
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A Citibike demonstration at today's announcement. (Branden Klayko / AN)

A Citibike demonstration at today's announcement. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Beginning this July, thousands of bright-blue Citibikes will begin swarming the streets of Manhattan and eventually Brooklyn and Long Island City, Queens. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYCDOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan made the formal announcement today that Citibank has signed on as the official sponsor for the city’s new bike share system.

City and sponsor officials pose alongside the new Citibike system. (Branden Klayko / AN)

City and sponsor officials pose alongside the new Citibike system. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Ten thousand Citibikes located across 600 stations will be deployed across the city over the following year, making the system the largest in the United States. Citibank has committed $41 million over the next five years to jumpstart the program, with MasterCard chipping in another $6.5 million, meaning no public money will be required to launch the system. “We’re getting an entirely new transportation network without spending any taxpayer money,” Bloomberg said. “Who thought that could be done?”

An annual pass for the system will cost $95.00, with weekly passes at $25.00 and daily passes $9.95. A map of official station locations will be released soon and additional information can be found on the Citibike web site.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces Citibank as the official NYC bike share sponsor. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces Citibank as the official NYC bike share sponsor. (Branden Klayko / AN)

NYCDOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan explained the details of the new Citibike system. (Branden Klayko / AN)

NYCDOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan explained the details of the new Citibike system. (Branden Klayko / AN)

A Citibike demonstration at today's announcement. (Branden Klayko / AN)

A Citibike demonstration at today's announcement. (Branden Klayko / AN)

A detail of the new CitiBikes. (Branden Klayko / AN)

A detail of the new CitiBikes. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Sadik-Khan and Citibank CEO Vikram Pandit inspect a Citibike. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Sadik-Khan and Citibank CEO Vikram Pandit inspect a Citibike. (Branden Klayko / AN)

2 Responses to “Ten Thousand Blue Citibikes to Hit New York Streets”

  1. ann videriksen says:

    well, it’s a beginning…in Copenhagen they managed to do it without cost to the users!!

  2. John Q. Public says:

    With all the stolen credit cards in NYC,…let’s hope it doesn’t become a swipe and run program…

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