New York City advances bike share program

New York City has taken a major step forward in its plan to give residents access to thousands of bikes throughout the city, an emissions-free transportation solution that will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Yesterday, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced that the city would work with Alta Bicycle Share to develop and run the program. Expected to launch in summer 2012, the program will include approximately 10,000 bikes and 600 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

This C40 city, led by C40 Chair Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is one of 30 cities that collectively have undertaken more than 900 actions in the transportation sector, from dedicated bicycle lanes to cycle hire programs to green taxis.

From NYC Bike Share

It’s more than just a different way to get to work. 54% of all trips New Yorkers make are less than two miles. Bike sharing is a great mobility choice for short trips that are too far to walk, but too short for a cab or subway ride. Sustainable, convenient, expeditious and safe – NYC Bike Share will benefit you and your community.

The C40 cities alone emit over 300 million metric tons of CO2 per year from the transportation sector, a groundbreaking report developed in partnership with Arup has found. Reducing emissions through initiatives like NYC Bike Share is a crucial component of mitigating climate change impacts.