Following Denver, Minneapolis and Washington – not to mention the original bike-sharing attampt in Amsterdam – New York is hoping to pimp out the community bike scheme, with 10,000 GPS and Wi-Fi* equipped bikes being proposed by the Department of Transportation.
It’ll be the largest bike-sharing system in the whole of the US, with the bikes being available to hire 24 hours a day, with an unlimited number of 30min long hire periods. A subscription must be paid to hire the bikes, which will be available in around 30 docking stations across the city. There’ll also be 600 solar-powered bikes dotted about for the even-greener cyclists.
The scheme isn’t definite, with New York City’s Department of Transportation only issuing the proposal now – but if “wireless technology” means *Wi-Fi, that’s pretty crazy. I can see hipsters rolling around with their iPads propped between the handlebars already. [Transportation National via Fastco]