Biking in New York City: Announces the NYC Biking Sharing System to Launch in May 2013

Biking in New York City: Announces the NYC Biking Sharing System to Launch in May 2013

Biking is one of the best ways to experience New York City as a tourist or a local, and traveling through NYC on bike is getting even easier with the announcement that this May 2013, the long-awaited New York City bike sharing system will be underway. Citi Bike docking stations are already beginning to crop up all over Manhattan and in the five boroughs. These plastic and steel docking stations are solar-powered, and will soon be the focal point of NYC’s newest transit system.

The majority of the largest docks will be in the proximity of the busiest subway and bus stations in the city, and planners are expecting that the most popular areas of the NYC Bike Sharing program will be in the Financial District and Midtown, where people already commute and travel a great deal. There will be 293 dock stations scattered throughout New York City to start, but the organizers of the undertaking eventually want to expand to include 600 stations and up to 10,000 bikes. A New York City map will prove helpful to have on hand to decide the right dock station and path for every NYC Tourist on their trip.

Citi Bike was supposed to be up and running last summer, but has faced several delays due to the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy and technical glitches with the software that will be used to track the bikes. Now that all of the stumbles have been smoothed out, the anticipation for the launch of this new mode of transportation seems to be even higher. Unlike the NYC subway and bus systems, the bike sharing program is privately funded by Citi Group, and will not use public funding to finance any of their costs.

While waiting for the official start of this NYC biking program, anyone eager to explore the city via bicycle should rent a bike for a thrilling way to see the many New York City attractions and sights. Biking in New York City is a great way to go sightseeing, as it allows tourists to cover more ground than walking would permit, but also gives visitors the opportunity to get closer to New York City attractions than a bus or car would. Plan an exhilarating ride through world-famous Central Park, or cruise along the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and take in the gorgeous Manhattan skyline from the vantage point of the bridge.

Apprehensive of riding around New York City without a guide? Try a guided bike tour of New York City. New York City bike tours, like the Central Park Bike Tour, fit many of the highlights of iconic New York City destinations into a manageable two hours. The knowledgeable guide will lead bikers through stunning Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, Tavern on Green and the Central Park Carousel, and will share fascinating tidbits about each spot. This NYC bike tour is also a fantastic option for saving some money for some of the other things to do in New York City, as by booking online visitors can save up to 50% off their bike reservation.

A smart and savvy way to see the best that New York City has to offer is by purchasing the New York Pass. This pass waives fees on top NYC museums and attractions, and includes a fabulous Central Park Bike Tour or a three-hour Central Park bike rental. Biker or not, the New York Pass is a seriously money-saving option for a way to discover one of the world’s most exciting, yet expensive, cities. The pass allows travelers to go sightseeing in NYC at more than 70 attractions easily, and for free. Save up to $556 with these passes, while leaving more room in the budget for extra nights at your New York hotel or for seeing one of the current Broadway shows. But don't worry, there are plenty of great NYC deals for those too!