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“New York City is ready now more than ever,” Transportation Alternatives director of bicycle advocacy Caroline Samponaro says of the city’s bike-share program rolling out this summer. One reason for the attitude shift is a new emphasis on safety. Since 2006, the city’s five boroughs have added more than 250 miles of bike lanes — enough to stretch from the Bronx to Washington, D.C. The new Alta Bicycle Share plan will introduce 10,000 cycles at 600 kiosks and create the country’s largest cycle-share program. Pricing details have yet to be released, but if the plan is like those in D.C. and Boston, riders become members for a nominal fee and ride for free for the first half-hour, then pay $1 to $2 and up after that. For added safety, all bikes feature automatic lights, bells and GPS units. Locks aren’t necessary; simply return a bike to the closest kiosk. Samponaro is thrilled that so many will soon freewheel through the Big Apple: “Between the gorgeous weather and flat streets, it’s an ideal city for riding.” www.altabicycleshare.com