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Help Plan Bike Share in Midtown Manhattan

DOT BikeshareJoin Manhattan Community Board 5, the New York City Department of Transportation, MAS and local residents and business owners at a planning workshop to help decide how bike share should work and where stations should go in Midtown Manhattan, from Columbus Circle to Union Square, the Garment District to Grand Central Terminal.  In partnership with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and New York State Senator Thomas Duane.  The workshop will be held on March 14 at the MAS offices, 111 West 57th Street, on the 16th floor.  The workshop will start at 6 PM. Bike sharing increases mobility by providing an additional, flexible transportation mode.  It can help introduce new people to active transportation, reduce peak-hour pressure on transit, provide a critical connection between transit stop and final destination and help to reduce the number of short auto trips.  Users check a bike out using a membership or credit card, ride to a docking station near their destination and return the bike. Mobile apps show the status of available bikes and docking points at each station. There over 230 bike sharing programs worldwide.  New York City has selected Alta Bicycle Share to launch and run bike share in New York City which they plan to launch in the Summer 2012. The system will have 10,000 bikes at over 600 stations, available 24/7. MAS sees tremendous opportunity in this new mode of transportation but recognizes that public engagement is a critical component of the process so if you live, work, or care about the future of bike share in Midtown please join us! For more information, visit  http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/