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Bike Share Delayed Until Next Spring

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Photo via Gothamist.

You’re going to have to wait until next spring for New York City’s bike share program.  This morning, Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Transportation announced that “software issues” had forced the city and corporate sponsor Citibank to delay the launch of the much-talked-about program, which was supposed to debut last month.

On WOR Radio this morning, the mayor (who was rather peeved about the negative press the CitiBike delays have been generating) said, “the software doesn’t work. Duh. Until it works, we’re not going to put it out until it does work.”

A short time ago, we received a press release from DOT asserting that CitiBike would launch in March of 2013 with 7,000 bikes.  And what about those software glitches?  Here’s how the statement from the city concludes:

(NYC Bike Share) continues work to conclude manufacture and testing of the high-performance software necessary to operate the new system, which is being tailored for New York City. The system uses new solar power arrays and circuit boards, and engineers will continue to thoroughly test data communications, power management and payment systems to ensure overall system performance. Following the March launch, work will continue to expand the system to 10,000 bikes, covering parts of Manhattan and from Long Island City to parts of Brooklyn.

 

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