|Tourig Around New York City
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Posted: May 27, 2013
by Ted Greenberg
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As someone who drives a cab at the end o his comedy show – Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer – I’m fascinated by travel around the Big Apple. How we get around our fair city is often an entertaining journey. You’ll hear straphangers complain about the weekend changes the MTA makes to subway travel; in fact, this holiday weekend, the popular L line is not running from Manhattan to Brooklyn. There are shuttle buses and alternative routes for a densely populated area.
This weekend New York City added another means of travel to the cabs, pedicabs, subway, livery cabs and walking. The Citi Bike program, modeled on programs across the world, provides very heavy bikes — approximately 45 pounds each — at various stations throughout Manhattan. You have multiple options to use the program. For $95 (plus tax), you can get an annual membership to Citi Bike, and therefore ride for an uninterrupted 45 minutes at any time in the city. You can also purchase a day pass ($9.95) or a week pass ($20), and ride for 30 minutes uninterrupted throughout the city. While it doesn’t allow for leisurely rides through Central Pake, the Citi Bike program can help you get from point A to point B. And burn some calories while doing it.
Some New York residents are up in arms over the program, simply because they think the bike stations are eye sores and could hinder rescue workers getting to businesses on the other side of the stations. All I can say is that something about the program is confusing. I witnessed more people trying to figure out how to get a bike and failing miserably without seeing one person riding one throughout the city this weekend. Clearly the learning curve is high on this new project.
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