The New York Bike-Share Project

Imagine walking to a sidewalk corner and finding a public bicycle. With a cellphone call or swipe of a card, you unlock it from its bike rack and ride it across town.

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Released by Forum for Urban Design

A Summer Charette Produced by the Forum For Urban Design and Storefront for Art and Architecture

Imagine walking to a sidewalk corner and finding a public bicycle. With a cellphone
call or swipe of a card, you unlock it from its bike rack and ride it across town.
Once at your destination, you steer to the closest bike rack and, with one more call
or card swipe, return the bike to the public network. You pay less than $.50 for the
trip, and the bike is once again available for the taking.

So-called “bike-sharing” already exists in cities across Europe, including Oslo,
Barcelona, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lyon and Frankfurt. Paris alone is currently
installing over 10,000 bikes at 750 stations. Bike-sharing is a reality overseas,
revolutionizing transportation networks and greening the urban fabric. How could it
launch in New York?

From July 7-11, 2007, the Forum For Urban Design, partnering with Storefront for Art
and Architecture, will introduce New Yorkers to bike-sharing through a highly-visible,
five-day design charette. Located at one of the most exciting street corners in Lower
Manhattan, The New York Bike-Share Project will consist of three parts: an
experimental bike-share (free bike rentals!), an exhibition of European successes and
a design charette with public presentations. The Forum expects that this event will
attract attention and participation from city government, media, and the urbanplanning
and biking communities, as well as the general public.

Visit the website nybikeshare.org for real-time text and video blogging of the New
York Bike-Share Project throughout its five days.