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NYC BIKE SHARE PROGRAM TO NOW BEGIN IN MAY 2013

     (The following press release from the New York City Department of 
Transportation was received by e-mail and was reformatted. The sender verified 
the statement.) 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE # 12-079 
Friday, December 7, 2012 
NYC TO LAUNCH THE NATION'S LARGEST BIKE SHARE PROGRAM  
IN MAY 2013 DESPITE DAMAGE CAUSED BY HURRICANE SANDY 
Storm surge at NYC Bike Share's Brooklyn Navy Yard facility damaged
electrical components, though some bikes and hardware remained undamaged
or can be restored or replaced 
System will launch with 5,500 bikes at nearly 300 stations in Manhattan
and Brooklyn 
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and bike share
operator New York City Bike Share (NYCBS) today announced that because
of damage to bike share equipment caused by Hurricane Sandy, Citi Bike
will launch in May 2013 with at least 5,500 bikes implemented at 293
stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The revised timeline was agreed to
by all parties and will not impact the $41 million in private funding
from Citi to underwrite the system, and with NYCBS profits to be split
with the City during the six-year contract. Hurricane Sandy's storm
surge flooded NYCBS's facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which sits
along the East River, and where about two-thirds of the system's
equipment had been stored before the Oct. 29 storm. While portions of
the system's equipment were not significantly damaged, including bike
frames and hardware, many parts of the system containing electrical
components must have individual parts refurbished or replaced. NYCBS is
currently working to identify, repair and replace these damaged parts,
aided through insurance and supplemented by equipment that wasn't stored
at the Navy Yard, as well as by additional equipment from its supplier
and from elsewhere in the delivery pipeline. 
"DOT has worked around the clock to restore vital transportation links 
following the storm and that includes putting Citi Bike on the road to 
recovery," said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. "Despite the damage, New 
York will have the nation's largest bike share system up and running this 
spring." 
The timeline will affect the phasing for neighborhoods in the initial
launch area. The 5,500 bikes will be located in the densest and most
geographically contiguous parts of the service area in Manhattan south
of 59th Street and in Brooklyn as work continues to extend to 7,000
bikes in the remaining parts of the Brooklyn service area and into Long
Island City, Queens, by the end of 2013. Details will be announced as
planning continues. And while planning is underway to launch the initial
system in May, we remain committed to bringing the system to 10,000
bikes. 
Contact: Seth Solomonow/Scott Gastel (212) 839-4850 
(kgt)NY  
 
 
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