New York Will Have a Bike-Share Vendor by August

07/12/2011 2:33 PM |

NYC street scene of the near future.
  • NYC street scene of the near future.

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.”

As we learned last year, the bike-share program will likely launch with a 10,000 bike roll-out with distribution points from 59th Street south in Manhattan, possibly extending to Downtown Brooklyn.

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.

One Comment

  • Too Bad The Bikes will not be Made in NYC Worksman Cycles. I guess that would have made too much sense.