NYC to Roll Out Bike Share Program

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010  |  Updated 10:45 AM EDT
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NYC to Roll Out Bike Share Program

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WASHINGTON - AUGUST 26: Shared bikes are parked at a SmartBike station August 26, 2008 in Washington, DC. SmartBike DC was launched last month and is modeled after similar programs in Europe and is the first bike-sharing program in the United States. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

New York City might soon be home to the world's largest bike share system -- a program that will allow riders to rent a bike at one location and drop it off at another.

The city is asking for proposals for the one-way, short-term rentals. According to officials, the program would probably run on a subscription model.

The bike-share system has already rolled out, and been successful, in dozens of European cities, like Paris and London, and has also been implemented in cities like Denver, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC.  San Francisco and Boston both have plans in the works.

New York's proposed bike share program would be the country's largest, officials said.

According to The New York Times, the introduction of a bike-share program is a long-awaited victory for Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner, who has banned cars from parts of Broadway in Midtown and installed more than 250 miles of bicycle-only lanes along major avenues in multiple boroughs.

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