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Citi Bike is Coming March 2013


Brooklyn Bike Accidents Attorney

According to the New York Department of Transportation, a bike share program – “Citi Bike” – is set to be introduced in March of 2013. According to the New York City DOT website, the Citi Bike program will provide “durable bicycles and docking stations” for a paid fee for commuters (or anyone else) who needs to use a bicycle. Similar programs have been introduced in other US cities as an alternative to cars or other gas-powered forms of transportation.

What the Citi Bike Program will Include

In March 2013, 7,000 bicycles will be made available at 420 docking stations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Those interested in using the Citi Bike program can pay a $95 annual fee or pay $25 for a 7-day pass. Twenty-four passes can be purchased for $9.95. Enrollment in the program can be done online at the Citi Bike website. Each kind of membership or pass offers a limited amount of minutes of use at no additional charge, typically 45 minutes for annual members and 30 minutes for 7-day and 24-hour passes.

People who purchase a membership or pass will also receive coupons for discounts on bike helmets and other products and services at participating bike shops. Once you enroll in the program, you need only swipe your credit card at a docking station to retrieve a bike and go on your way.

How is the Citi Bike Program being Funded?

The Citi Bike program is not funded by tax dollars. The entire program is funded through sponsorship agreements with Citi Bank and MasterCard. After the program is up and running, participants and members will provide additional revenue. Eventually, the fees and revenue collected will cover the cost for necessary bike equipment and the cost of operating the system. As a result, NYC Bike Share does not receive tax dollars from the federal or state government. In the event that the program makes money (which is expected), these funds will be split between the City and the NYC Bike Share program.

Injured in a Bike Accident? Contact Kenneth A. Pryor Today

It’s likely that the Bike Share program will increase the number of bicycles on the roads and avenues of New York City. As a result, there’s likely to be more bicycle accidents. If you’ve been injured by a negligent car driver or MTA bus while riding your bicycle, contact Brooklyn bike accident lawyer Kenneth A. Pryor today to learn how we can help you.

The Pryor Law Firm operates offices in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Nassau County, operates exclusively on a contingency fee basis (meaning you pay no fee unless we recover compensation for you) and can visit you or your loved one at home or at a hospital if travel is difficult. To contact us for help following a public transportation accident, call (855) 889-5311.

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