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Nation’s Largest Bike Share System To Launch In May 2013

December 7, 2012

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The country’s largest bike sharing system will launch in New York City next spring.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb On The Story

Because of damage to bike share equipment caused by Hurricane Sandy, Citi Bike will launch in May 2013 with at least 5,500 bikes at 293 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the New York City Department of Transportation and bike share operator New York City Bike Share (NYCBS) said Friday.

Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge flooded NYCBS’s facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard where about two-thirds of the system’s equipment had been stored before the Oct. 29 storm.

While bike frames and hardware were not significantly damaged, many parts of the system containing electrical components must have individual parts refurbished or replaced, DOT officials said.

“DOT has worked around the clock to restore vital transportation links following the storm and that includes putting Citi Bike on the…

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