New York City's bike-sharing program recently launched, sending 6,000 bright blue Citi Bikes onto the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Supporters of the program say it's a great addition to New York City's existing public transportation options. At $95 a year or $9.95 a day (plus overtime fees), it's certainly an inexpensive alternative to a monthly MetroCard, which costs $112.
But critics worry that riders who are inexperienced or unfamiliar with the city's layout and bike rules could pose a danger to drivers and pedestrians.
I've lived in New York City for six years, but have never tried biking on city streets (it's been three years since I've even ridden a bike).
So I decided to see what it was like for an inexperienced rider to use Citi Bike. Watch the video below to see how I fared on my evening commute from the Business Insider offices in Gramercy to my apartment in the West Village.
Produced by Robert Libetti
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