Behind Bike Share’s Curtain
New York City’s bike share system is set to open this summer, and when it does, millions of residents and visitors will have a whole new way of getting around town. Bike share will be the first new public transit system in the Big Apple in more than a century, and it’ll be every bit as revolutionary as the ones that came before it.
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Because 40 percent of all trips in the city are one mile or less, bike share will fast become a staple in the transportation network, and because the 600 bike share stations coming to city streets can go where subways and bus stops can’t, lots of secondary trips will become faster, healthier and a whole lot more fun. What’s even more impressive is that it’s all going to happen without a penny from the City. As is the case in successful systems around the world, private sponsorship and user fees, not taxpayer dollars, will fund the Big Apple’s bike share.
It sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it isn’t, but there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes action that the average bike share customer might never see. To get a sense of what’s behind the curtain, Reclaim called up Eric Gilliland, the General Manager of Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare.