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Tourists get access to New York City bike hire scheme

Tourists get access to New York City bike hire scheme
5 Jun 2013

Holidaymakers staying in New York City can now make use of the bike hire scheme used by locals. 

On Sunday (2 June), visitors to the city were able to begin purchasing 24-hour and weekly tickets. Previously, only annual members could hop on the fleet of Citi Bikes.

However, the scheme has attracted criticism from some quarters because the cost of a day pass is more than 10% of the price of an annual membership. In London, home of the popular 'Boris Bike' scheme named after the incumbent mayor, this figure is 2%, and in Paris, 6%. 

'So, should you use Citi Bikes on your trip to New York? Not if you're just trying to save money,' said New York Times' Frugal Traveller columnist Seth Kugel. 

In London, around 600,000 Boris Bike hires are made every month. The scheme is officially called Barclays Cycle Hire and there are now 8,000 bikes adorned with the bank's blue livery dotted around London. ADNFCR-408-ID-801594797-ADNFCR

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