Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Khan were on hand for the official launch at a docking station in Lower Manhattan.
The much-anticipated program was kicked off with 6,000 bikes at 330 docking stations throughout Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. The program will eventually expand to the other boroughs in the coming months.
Several docking stations have surfaced throughout the city in recent weeks, replacing various parking locations and giving commuters another reason to leave the car at home
A reported 15,000 people have already signed up for the program which boasts an annual membership of $95 and a daily pass for $9.95.