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Bloomberg Says Computer Problems Cause of Bike Share Delay

Start date for Citi Bike program still unclear.

In the end, it wasn't or fears about that caused the city's bike share experiment to be indefinitely delayed.

Instead, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the New York Times City Room blog on Thursday a more high-tech explanation for the hiccup in :

"Its software isn't working yet," Bloomberg told reporters. “And just rest assured we’re not going to put out any program here that doesn’t work.”

The kiosks—56 of which are to be located in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Boerum Hill, Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights—include touchscreen monitors allowing riders to pay with credit or debit cards.

Still unclear is when the software issues will be resolved. The official website for the program, which once touted the expected July launch, now promises a start date sometime during summer 2012.

In his comments today, Bloomberg reminded bike share enthusiasts and detractors that no city funds were tied up in the privately operated program. 

“It’s fascinating,” Bloomberg told the Times earlier this week. “The people who did not want bicycle lanes at all are now screaming, ‘Well, where are they? Where are they? I want them quickly.’ ”

josh July 20, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Isn't this program slated to have bike kiosk locations in Manhattan and other parts of the city too?
Paul Leonard July 20, 2012 at 05:18 PM
It will be in parts of Manhattan (below 59th Street) and Queens (Sunnyside and LIC) as well as Brooklyn. Apologies for not making that clear in our post.
Ladydi69126 August 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM
i am glad i hope they scrape it all together. We do not need any more bikes on the streets having no regards for the pedestrians or the law.

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