New York Citi Bike Premiered the System to Explore the City

As an alternative to the subway, the bus or the mythical yellow cab New Yorkers and tourists can get around the Big Apple on two wheels thanks to 'Citi Bike', a public bike rental, the largest in the country, which was launched Monday.

A total of six thousand blue bike 330 stations in the southern half of the island of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn is the initial offering of the City at the launch of this system that aims to promote healthy lifestyles, one of the policy goals Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

While the Big Apple is known for its traffic congestion, more and more New Yorkers to ride on two wheels to enjoy the city with over 400 miles of bike lanes have been installed in the last five years and over 300 miles of greenways.

This net lease, the greatest of all in the United States, New York follows the footsteps of other cities like London, Paris, Barcelona and Mexico City, which in recent years have had great success with similar initiatives.

New York Citi Bike Premiered

The program "is a great victory for New York and is already the largest bicycle rental system of the country," said Mayor Bloomberg at the opening, in which he recalled that the inhabitants of the city will have more options for getting around in a complementary to the public transport network.

The bikes will also give millions of tourists "another way to see the city, and that will make the coast more accessible," he said.

Initially, the 'Citi Bike' serves Manhattan below 59th Street and in Brooklyn, areas of Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and parts of Bedford, and offer different types of rates according to user needs, but basically is designed for short journeys.

According to figures from the City Department of Transportation, about 10 thousand people have already signed up to the system with the annual membership fee of $ 95, which allows unlimited travel for a maximum of 45 minutes.

However, the rest of the audience, New Yorkers and tourists alike, will have to wait until next June 2nd temporary to hire purchase passes.

So with a credit card can get a 24 hour pass for $ 10 or for seven days for $ 25, with which they can make unlimited travel thirty minutes bikes can be returned at any station.

The bike is to become a new symbol of the city of skyscrapers with its benefits for healthy living and environmental sustainability, something that the Big Apple will intensify its green character. (With information from EFE)