Last weekend, tens of thousands of bike-curious New York City residents and visitors headed to Bike Expo New York to see the latest and greatest from local and national cycling companies.
Raleigh, Specialized, Fuji, Cannondale, Shimano, and many more massive brands put their newest and coolest on display, but the real star of the show was Citi Bike.
Over two days, thousands of people stopped by the Citi Bike booth to marvel, fondle and ogle the big blue bikes that are about to change the way people get around New York. Visitors asked questions, shared their experiences with similar systems in other cities, and praised the program.
More than 600 people took a Citi Bike for a test ride and scores signed up for memberships on the spot.
The following day, staffers and a few select riders took a handful of Citi Bikes for a rigorous road test: They pedaled all 40 miles of the Five Boro Bike Tour.
Though a few of the riders were totally tuckered out by the end, they reported that constant Citi Bike-related questions from the 32,000 other participants helped keep their mind off their exhaustion.
If you want to see a Citi Bike up close or take one for a short spin before the program launches late this month, there are a handful of demonstrations in the next few weeks. You can find a complete list with times and locations at the Events page.
And don’t forget about Citi Bike Street Skills classes, where you can brush up on your urban cycling skills before the big launch