NYC pushes launch of Citi Bike sharing system back to spring

Excitement – and stress – has been building in New York over the launch of the Citi Bike bike sharing system expected this month, but at the eleventh hour the city has agreed to delay the launch of the program until spring. Mayor Michael Bloomberg cited software problems as the cause of the delay.  

In a statement, the city department of transportation said the project will launch in March with 7,000 bikes at 420 stations.

“New York City demands a world-class bike share system, and we need to ensure that Citi Bike launches as flawlessly as New Yorkers expect on Day One,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. “The enthusiasm for this program continues to grow and we look forward to bringing this affordable new transportation option to New Yorkers without cost to taxpayers.”

The program will eventually expand to 10,000 bikes through Manhattan, Long Island City, and parts of Brooklyn.

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