The New York Bike-Share Project
Saturday July 7, 2007 – Wednesday July 11, 2007
Forum for Urban Design
Daily July 7-11: Free bikes from 97 Kenmare Street and a roving satellite station.
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.
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, introduced 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 consisted of three parts: an experimental bike-share (free bike rentals!), an exhibition of European successes, and a design charette with public presentations.
Schedule of events
July 7-11, ALL DAY: Free 30-minute bike rentals from 97 Kenmare Street and a second bike-share “station” whose location changed each day.
July 9, 6:00 pm: Public presentation of bike share programs in Barcelona, Stockholm and Oslo
July 10, 6:00 pm: Pamplona, Lyon and Paris
July 11, 6:00 pm: Presentation of the charette results and closing reception
The Experiment (free bike rentals!)
From July 7-11, New Yorkers and tourists alike enjoyed free 30-minute rides between Storefront for Art and Architecture (97 Kenmare St.) and a second bike-share station. Locations for the second station included the Hudson River Park, Washington Square Park, Williamsburg, City Hall, and SoHo.
Storefront for Art and Architecture (97 Kenmare St.) hosted a exhibition of European bike-share programs and the people who use them. It was open to the public from July 7-11.
The Forum For Urban Design facilitated a public charette to imagine a future bike-share program in New York City. Public presentations from design and transportation experts took place on July 9 and 10. Final charette results were published on nybikeshare.org.
Our website www.nybikeshare.org streamed real-time text and video blogging of the New York Bike-Share Project throughout its five days.
Clear Channel Adshel (www.clearchanneladshel.com)
Metro Bicycles (www.metrobicycles.com)
Bike and Roll (www.bikeandroll.com)