New York to Launch Share Bike-sharing Project

by : Hailey Kerr

Having a BMW Z3 definitely has its benefits, getting to and from another place is easier, and with style. Sure there's maintenance of the cars and its BMW Z3 parts to take care of, but it comes with owning any car and you're more than willing to do it if it means getting to travel in comfort and ease.

But, with the surging gas prices, have you ever thought of using an alternative mode of transportation?

How about using a bicycle? A public bicycle that is - one that with a cellphone call or swipe of a card, you can unlock from its bike rack and ride it across town. And once you reach your destination, all you have to do it steer it to the closest bike rack and, with one more call or card swipe, return the bike to the public network. All this for a fee of less than $.50 for the trip.

"Bike-sharing" systems like this are already in active use in cities across Europe, with Paris alone currently installing over 10,000 bikes at 750 stations. Not only do bike-sharing help make a greener city, more so it is revolutionizing transportation networks.

And now New York wants to give this system a try with the New York Bike-Share Project.

According to the project's website, The New York Bike-Share Project consists of three parts: One, The Experiment: Twenty bicycles will be available for free 30-minute rentals between Storefront for Art and Architecture (97 Kenmare Street) and a roving, remote location.

Two, The Exhibition: A review of eight successful bike-share programs in European cities will be on view at Storefront.

And three, The Charette: The Forum For Urban Design will facilitate a public imagining of a future bike-share program in New York. Design and transportation experts will make public presentations on July 9 and 10 at 6pm. Final charette results will be published on and presented to the public on July 11 at 6pm.

The NY Bike Share Project is produced by The Forum for Urban Design and Storefront for Art and Architecture.

About The Forum for Urban Design

The Forum For Urban Design is a New York-based membership organization of leading practitioners in the fields of architecture, planning, development, city government and design journalism. The New York Bike-Share Project is The Forum's first annual Summer Charette.

About the Storefront For Art and Architecture

Founded in 1982, Storefront for Art and Architecture is a not for profit organization committed to advancing innovative positions in art, architecture and design. Standing at the forefront of local, national and international design communities, Storefront explores vital issues in art and architecture to increase public awareness and interest in the built environment and urban issues. Over the past 25 years Storefront has exhibited the work of more than a thousand architects and artists, including Vito Acconci, Peter Cook, Coop Himmelblau, Diller + Scofidio, Steven Holl, Yves Klein, Kiki Smith, Lebbeus Woods, Dan Graham, Lewis Tsuramaki Lewis, and Petra Blaisse.