The promise of free bike hire every Friday on
It is run by experienced cycle hire company Bike and Roll™. On Saturdays and Sundays, adult and children's bikes can be rented for five dollars for 30 minutes. Bike and Roll™ will also rent four-person bike surreys, children's bike trailers, wagons and other bike accessories. Sponsors of Free Bike Fridays are Transport Alternatives, a non-profit organization that lobbies for better cycling walking and public transport provision in the
The city authorities are keen to emphasise Free Bike Fridays are not just a gimmick: "Spaces like Governors Island serve as great training areas for the next generation of New York City cyclists," said City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. "This summer the
2007 saw Governors Island first open to bikes and cycling has quickly become one of the
Free rental is limited to one hour at a time and visitors must bring photo ID or a credit card. Helmets are required for children under 14 but are available for all visitors. If you are under 18, riders must have an adult sign a waiver.
Another recently completed bike share demonstration scheme was the New York Bike Share Project, which aims ultimately to bring a Paris-style hire setup to the city. It ran from 10th to 14th July. And the NYC Department of Transportation is currently working to provide free bicycle rentals at Summer Streets in order to boost bicycle-riding along the 90 blocks of car-free streets.