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Citi Bike Share Annual Memberships Now Available for Purchase

By Janet Upadhye | April 15, 2013 1:24pm

NEW YORK CITY —  Citi Bike Share annual registration is open.

Bike enthusiasts and would-be cyclists can get a jump on the game and buy memberships now before the offical Citi Bike Share launch in May, announced Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

“For less than the cost of a single monthly MetroCard, an annual Citi Bike membership gives you instant access to unlimited short rides 365 days a year,” she said in a statement. “Citi Bike will redefine what it means to get around New York City, and now is the time to upgrade to this fun, fast and safe transportation option.”

The annual membership costs $95 plus tax and includes access to an unlimited number of 45-minute rides throughout the year. The May launch will include 6,000 bikes at 330 stations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Those interested can buy memberships online and a "electronic key" will be sent in the mail that unlocks bikes from any station in the city.

And don't forget to ride safely: Annual members get a 10 percent discount on bike helmets from Bern, Nutcase and Bontrager brands.