Photo by Nice Ride Minnesota
New York City's brand new Citi Bike program has gotten lots of attention in the past month, and fortunately for us family travelers, city bike programs are a growing trend. Nearly a dozen cities have launched programs in the past three years, and the list continues to grow.
What's so great about these bike share programs for visitors to the city? For families with older kids, they offer a convenient, hands-on, budget friendly way to explore. Instead of relying on scheduled tours, or dealing with the hassles of parking and re-parking a rental car, bikes allow the family to take the city at their own pace, and to hop on and off at attractions of choice. (Plus, what better way to build up an appetite for the best grub the city has to offer?)