Tourists In New York Can Take In The Sights On Bikes

Tourists in New York can take in the sights on bikes Express-News Copyright 2013 Express-News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 5:32 pm, Thursday, June 6, 2013 Will the city's visitors, and local riders who have not purchased yearly passes, flock to the bikes as officials have predicted? [...] in a fit of urban guile more likely to affect gym memberships than program memberships, some New Yorkers seem to have identified the newest, cheapest way to tone their lower bodies: hop aboard the seat and pedal in place — with the bikes still locked — as if the stations were rows of exercise equipment. The first week of bike sharing also delivered some hiccups: the first crash, after a rider was struck by a car near Macdougal and Houston streets, though an official said the rider's injuries were not thought to be serious; the first theft, when a bike was swiped during last-minute station loading before opening day; an apparent act of vandalism that damaged a kiosk on Rivington Street, temporarily shutting it down; and a series of technical glitches. Joe Spitaleri, 25, from Astoria, Queens, said he had planned to go to a yoga class, but exhausted himself riding from Midtown to Union Square on a $9.95 daily pass, absorbing the scenes of the East Side. Nearby, on the north end of Union Square, city officials gathered to inaugurate the program's full rollout, convening a celebration that included a helmet giveaway, an obstacle course with simulated traffic conditions, and the Mr.

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