Scenes from Monday’s Citi Bike Launch

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New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg takes the podium at Monday’s Citi Bike launch. | Photo: Ben Rosenblatt

New York City’s long-awaited bike-share program, Citi Bike, launched yesterday, and TSTC was there to document the action. (Photos and videos below!)

As of 5 p.m. on Monday, 6050 Citi Bike trips had been logged, totalling 13,768 miles. The length of the average trip was just over 20 minutes, and for those keeping score at home, Citi Bike now has 16,463 annual members (and counting).

If you think that data is fun, here’s an animated map that uses colored dots to show how full (or empty, if you’re that sort of person) each station was at every 10-minute interval since Citi Bike launched.

Even though Citi Bike has only been up and running in New York City for two days, Paul Feiner, Town Supervisor of Greenburgh in Westchester County, New York, is already talking about bringing a bike share system to his community.

It’s my hope that a smaller satellite bike share system can also start at train stations in Westchester County. This would be a big help to local downtown merchants. Cyclists who live in NYC and tourists would be take the train to a Westchester train station and then rent a bicycle. They would shop locally- helping the local economy.

Citi Bike station outside Grand Central Terminal. | Photo: Ben Rosenblatt

Citi Bike station outside Grand Central Terminal. | Photo: Ben Rosenblatt

New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. | Photo: Ben Rosenblatt

New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. | Photo: Ben Rosenblatt

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