Well, it’s been a long, long, loooong time coming, but New York City’s Department of Transportation is rumored to be nearing its selection of a bike-share program operator for the city, and may announce the pick as early as next month. A source told Transportation Alternatives that the city is “in the final phases of the selection process.”
We also know that those 10,000 bikes—with many more to be added as the project expands—will not be provided by New York City’s only major bike manufacturer, the oldest one in the country, Worksman Cycles. As of April the two contenders for the NYC program were Alta Bicycle Share of Portland, Oregon, and Wisconsin’s B-Cycle.
The pilot program to test whichever bike system is selected could debut as early as this fall—with 300 bikes and 30 distribution centers—before a full implementation next spring.