NYC launches bike share program, largest in nation

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NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls a long-awaited bicycle-sharing program a "big win" for New York City residents and tourists.

The privately funded Citi Bike program was launched Monday. It now offers 6,000 bikes at 330 docking stations in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, with plans to expand.

Suraf Asgedom (SOOR'-ahf AZ'-geh-dahm) used one of the royal-blue bikes to go grocery shopping Monday morning.

He likes the convenience. He doesn't own a bike because it's a hassle to carry it downstairs, lock it up and worry about it.

More than 9,000 people have signed up. An annual membership costs $95.

Anyone can ride starting June 2 for $9.95 a day.

One woman just helped herself. Police say the thief struck Sunday night as workers unloaded bikes at 25th Street and Second Avenue.

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