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CitiBike Won't Hit Streets Until August, Say Tweets

According to the CitiBike operator's newsfeed, the launch has been pushed back another month.

If you've been itching to hop on a pair of CitiBike wheels, bad news: You'll have to cool your heels for another 30 days, according to the program operator's official Twitter feed.

The bike-share program was to much fanfare and set to debut in July. But since then, none of the proposed pickup locations have had bike racks installed, leading some riders to start sniffing. Then, earlier today StreetsBlog.com reported that "operator Alta is telling prospective bike-share customers that the launch date will come in August."

“Hi David, thanks for your continued support and interest in CitiBike! Look for the launch in August,” read one tweet last week. 

It was not immediately clear what has caused the delay, but there have been public critics including , saying it could bypass the safety of riders and potentially leave the city open to lawsuits.

"In the rush to place 10,000 bicycles on our streets, City Hall may have pedaled past safety measures, a move that risks significantly exacerbating the number of injuries and fatalities of both bikers and pedestrians, especially those most vulnerable like young children and seniors," said Liu in a previous statement. 

When Patch reached out for a response, DOT did not comment on the cause of the delay. 

"We're working on the launch plan and will update the public as soon as we finalize all the details," said Seth Solomonow, NYCDOT Spokesman. A representative confirmed that the launch will not take place in July.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Arthur S. July 16, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Bummer. Still gonna be awesome!!!!
zinka July 16, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Isn't it MUCH more likely that it's delayed because of logistical considerations than because of one random politician's unsupported claim of possible lawsuits?
Arthur S. July 16, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Patch, do you have any evidence to support that claim? Zinka is probably right that it's a logistical issue.
Sara July 17, 2012 at 03:14 PM
It definitely sounds like a logistical challenge more than anything...if the DOT isn't commenting though, it'll be hard to see exactly what's delaying it. Hoping it gets resolved soon though, have been looking forward to this. Keep us posted!
Harper July 17, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Seth Solomonow is paid the big bucks to prevaricate, befuddle, stall and divert. DOT cares only about getting more bikes into our streets. Safety is alesser issue by far. Liu is right, thousands of ingenue bikers in NYC are likely vastly to increase ther number of car/bus/truck-bike accidents and thus the city's vulnerability to law suits, of which we already pay out millions to settle and lose. Seth Solomonow says, "What, we worry?" He speaks for his boss, Sadik-Khan.
Hugh Jassols August 08, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I wonder how many bikes will be left to rent once they figure how to disable the hidden GPS tracking device and the bikes get melted down for scrap metal? So when are they going to make people get registered to bike in NYC with insurance and little license plates to clip to the front and back of the bikes? I say after the 10th or 12th fatality by someone who is ignorant of the traffic laws.

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