NEW YORK/WARSAW – In the US where everything is bigger, Citigroup Inc. is sponsoring the new New York City bicycle rental program for USD 41 million! With that kind of money the city that never sleeps gets the largest system in the US when it begins in July. In Warsaw the first bikes can already be rented. Here the half a million euro costing public bike system is still to grow.
The first ten docking stations with bikes were opened in Warsaw April 1. About one hundred bikes are available for rent. It is just the start of the system for which ZTM, Warsaw’s Public Transport Authority, recently finalized a public tender. Nextbike Polska Ltd., Nextbike GmbH and Mifa Mitteldeutsche Fahrradwerke AG applied to the tender. The commision decided to choose NextBike for its price. NextBike already operates bike rental systems in about 60 towns in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, in Auckland, New Zealand and now also in Warsaw.
55 docking stations and one thousand bikes
The real launch of the Warsaw public bike systems in planned for August this year. By then the compleet system is in operation with 55 docking stations and one thousand bikes. The docking stations are located at underground stations, transportation hubs and university campuses. Bicycles will be available up to November 30. After that date the system will be mothballed till March the next year. From March 2013 the Warsaw public bike system system will expand further to 125 docking stations and 2,100 bicycles.
In New York the Citi Bike program will offer 10,000 bikes branded with the New York-based Citygroup bank’s logo at 600 docking stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island City, Queens.The bike-share program would provide a low-cost transit alternative in a city where almost half the workforce lives within 5 miles (8 kilometers) of its place of work.