I'm not sure I'd try it on Sixth Ave. in rush hour, but it's great to see that New York City is joining the crowd of cities with bike-sharing options.
City officials say the largest bike-sharing system in the U.S. will start sometime this month, with 6,000 bikes at 330 stations in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. That's for now. Ultimately, they plan on 10,000 bikes at 600 docking spots in Manhattan, booming Brooklyn and on-the-rise Queens.
The program is called Citi Bike after a $41 million sponsorship from Citibank, plus another $6.5 million from MasterCard.
AP reports that thousands of folks already have signed up as Citi Bike founding members, forking over $95 as an annual fee for unlimited rides of 45 minutes. Which sounds like a helluva deal to me.
AP quotes a U.S. bike expert as saying there are a whopping 534 bike-sharing systems in the world. That includes Toronto's seemingly trouble Bixi bike program, which I utilized today to get from the Thompson Hotel at Wellington and Bathurst to 1 Yonge St. in a little over 10 minutes.
HIDDEN GEMS OF ITALY
Cnn.com/travel has a good item today on some of lesser-known great spots of Italy. Among them are some spots we've featured in the Star or that I'm aware of, including Ischia (an island near Capri), Syracuse in Sicily and Turin, which has some fine restaurants and beautiful covered arcades for shopping and which, of course, hosted the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
Also noted by CNN were spots such as San Felice Circeo in Lazio, Pienza in Tuscany and Narni, located in increasingly popular Umbria region, not far from Rome and known by the Romans as Narnia (hence the Chronicles of Narnia). It's an excellent list. To which I'll add a personal favourite I visited a couple years ago: Ponza.
Ponza is a fairly short ferry ride off the coast of central Italy, also not far from Rome. There's a small village with faded, colourful paint jobs and working fishing boats, as well as excellent restaurants and hotels mixed among the t-shirt shops.
I rented a car and drove around for a few hours, checking out dramatic, cliffside scenery and swimming in beautiful water. There are caves you can explore by boat, but it was too windy when I was there. Still, I just loved the sense of remoteness. I imagine it feels like Capri did before it was discovered by the beautiful people, not that there's anything wrong with that.
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