New York City is finally getting a bike-sharing program, similar to the popular ones around the world including Paris, London, Montreal and even Washington, DC. The Citi Bike Share program — Citi, not City, since the major sponsor is Citibank, which kicked in $41 million for the name branding– launches this summer, with 600 locations currently clustered in the lower half of Manhattan and the parts of Brooklyn and Queens closest to Manhattan. Nothing above 59th Street or south of Atlantic Avenue, but that could change if the bike sharing program proves popular. Click here for the map of blue dots showing the current locations of the borrow-and-return stations. When it launches, it will be the largest bike-sharing program in North America, with 10,000 bike and at least 600 locations. Annual membership is $95, or you can ride for $9.95 a day. Best part about bike sharing — you don’t have to worry about biking around with bulky locks, since bikes lock into the stations. The program launches in July, just in time for NYC’s hottest summer weather.
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