About the New York Bike Share Project
Imagine walking to a sidewalk corner and finding a public bicycle. With a cellphone call or swipe of a card, you unlock it from its bike rack and ride it across town. Once at your destination, you steer to the closest bike rack and, with one more call or card swipe, return the bike to the public network. You pay less than $.50 for the trip, and the bike is once again available for the taking.
So-called “bike-sharing” already exists in cities across Europe, with Paris alone currently installing over 10,000 bikes at 750 stations. Bike-sharing is revolutionizing transportation networks and greening the urban fabric. How could it launch in New York?
The New York Bike-Share Project consists of three parts: The Experiment: Twenty bicycles will be available for free 30-minute rentals between Storefront for Art and Architecture (97 Kenmare Street) and a roving, remote location. The Exhibition: A review of eight successful bike-share programs in European cities will be on view at Storefront. The Charette: The Forum For Urban Design will facilitate a public imagining of a future bike-share program in New York. Design and transportation experts will make public presentations on July 9 and 10 at 6pm. Final charette results will be published on nybikeshare.org and presented to the public on July 11 at 6pm.
The NY Bike Share Project is produced by
The Forum for Urban Design and Storefront for Art and Architecture.
The Forum for Urban Design
The Forum For Urban Design is a New York-based membership organization of leading practitioners in the fields of architecture, planning, development, city government and design journalism. Through public and private events and publications, The Forum promotes awareness of contemporary urban design’s best practices and greatest challenges. The New York Bike-Share Project is The Forum’s first annual Summer Charette.
Storefront For Art and Architecture
Founded in 1982, Storefront for Art and Architecture is a not for profit organization committed to advancing innovative positions in art, architecture and design. Standing at the forefront of local, national and international design communities, Storefront explores vital issues in art and architecture to increase public awareness and interest in the built environment and urban issues. Over the past 25 years Storefront has exhibited the work of more than a thousand architects and artists, including Vito Acconci, Peter Cook, Coop Himmelblau, Diller + Scofidio, Steven Holl, Yves Klein, Kiki Smith, Lebbeus Woods, Dan Graham, Lewis Tsuramaki Lewis, and Petra Blaisse.