After so much whooping and hollering from all sides all sides, the Citi Bike Share program officially launched today, as evidenced by this pic along Hicks at Montague streets—where the newly filled racks extend from the corner at Heights Cafe to J. McLaughlin.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan christened the beginning of program at a docking station near the Brooklyn Bridge Monday morning. Bike-share launches with 6,000 bikes at 330 docking stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Some reports claim 9,000 people have signed up for the program so far.
And the reactions from all over the city are trickling in:
News: Well, that was fast! First Citi Bike cycle stolen: The bike-share program rode into trouble last night b… tinyurl.com/nubqwlh
— New York Post (@new_york_post) May 27, 2013
I predict CitiBike will be a success in Brownstone Brooklyn, judging by this station in Ft. Greene. twitter.com/OrenNYDN/statu…
— Oren Yaniv (@OrenNYDN) May 27, 2013
Don’t worry guys, I just Chased the first Citi Bike I saw back to the Financial District (Manhattan) #Brooklyn
— Dan Meller (@Dan_Meller) May 27, 2013
— Lisa Soverino (@lisasoverino) May 27, 2013
@lpolgreen I rode in from Brooklyn this morning on a CitiBike. It was great! Though I had to divide the trip, so as not to face charge!
— Andrea Kannapell(@AKannapell) May 27, 2013
— David Bressler (@djbressler) May 27, 2013
The only two conversations NewYorkers are having today – opinion and info on CitiBike or how amazing this weather is and how to be outside
— Lauren Manning (@lmanningdesign) May 27, 2013
First #citibike ride: flawless 19-min ride from Williamsburg to Alphabet City. Took 2 tries to dock my bike. Saw lots of others out there!
— Chris O’Leary (@ohhleary) May 27, 2013
— Skift (@skift) May 27, 2013
Findings suggest that bike accident rates won’t soar, even if the Citi Bike program becomes as popular as many predict. theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/0…
— Thomas Le Ngo (@thomaslengo) May 23, 2012
Can’t wait to be a #citibike accident statistic. My bet? It happens with a tourist who stops mid-street to take a pic of an unimportant bldg
— Sabrina Zahran (@Sabrinaazah) May 24, 2013
How long before a clueless #CitiBike tourist gets hit by a car?
— David Stehle (@davidstehle) May 27, 2013
Citibike or citideath! You decide. Literally 45 seconds after getting on I hit a metal plate when… instagram.com/p/Z0oDMpoZPC/
— Tom Arthur (@tomarthur) May 27, 2013
— OccupyHQ (@HQOccupy) May 27, 2013
The citibike is like a visual metaphor for the banks dominating NYC
— Keegan (@KeeBro) May 27, 2013