Despite living in NYC, I have no desire to ever be in Times Square at midnight when the ball drops. However, I was there yesterday with my good pal William (aka Sour Balls) and we did something very fun…
I read in Gothamist that there would be 6 stationary CitiBikes set up in Times Square to generate power for the New Year's Eve ball! Since I had plans to spend the day with William in midtown anyway, this was added to our to-do list. In case you are wondering, the to-do list included:
- Grand Central Terminal
- FAO Schwarz
- Bergdorf Goodman windows on Fifth Ave
- Gingerbread houses at the Parker Meridian
- Rockefeller Center & Christmas decorations on 6th Ave
- Rockefeller Tree/Ice Skating Rink
- Le Pain Quotidien for lunch
- Times Square
- Bryant Park
Back to the point of my story… I dragged William through a frighteningly congested Times Square to get to the CitiBike station set up on 42nd St and 7th Ave -
We waited in line just a few short minutes and then we were allowed to ride bikes for 3 minutes! I was so excited - SO EXCITED! I haven't been on a bike much in the last 2 months since it's been so cold out and am just always happiest when I'm pedaling - even a stationary bike.
When it was our turn, I threw off my coat (even though it was freezing outside) because I didn't want it in the photos.
I was already pedaling away yelling to William "Get on your bike!"
Happy happy girl!
I was pedaling really hard and fast because I wanted to generate as much power as possible in the short time I was there -
William got off his bike after about a minute, but I stayed on the full 3 minutes.
And the woman manning the bikes was good enough to snap a few shots of me so I could upload one to Instagram. The most exciting part of that IG post was that whoever manages the @citibike account commented on it!
I love knowing that we did a teeny tiny part in powering that ball that will be seen by over a billion people world wide tonight! How cool!
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After riding, they were giving away free hot chocolate which I insisted William get (hot chocolate was also on my list of things to do). Here's a photo of William with his hot chocolate at Bryant Park (which is where we went after Times Square)-
So it was a great, holiday and fun filled day with one of my favorite people in the whole world!
Now for the Giveaway -
For all the people that helped power the ball with the help of CitiBikes yesterday, we were given a free day pass to rent a CitiBike! Of course I'm a founding member, so I have no need for this pass and would like to give it away to a lucky reader. If you'd like to win this day pass and try out New York City's bikeshare program, please leave a comment below to be entered. I'll close the comment section on January 13th at 9pm and pick a winner that weekend using a random number generator.
Things to keep in mind -
- The pass is good until July 1, 2014, so you can pick any day between now and then to use it. This means you can wait until the nicer weather is upon us.
- Obviously you should live in NYC (bikes are available in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn) or be visiting by July 1st.
- You should also be comfortable with the idea of riding a bike in New York City streets (If you don't regularly ride in car traffic, this may not be the best way to start!)
- The overtime fees apply - that means you can only keep a bike out for 30 minutes at a time. Any time over 30 minutes will initiate the overtime charges. But you are allowed to dock a bike and immediately take out another one. This pass is good for unlimited 30-minute rides for a full 24 hours from the time the card is activated.
If you have any other questions, check out their site or let me know. Otherwise leave a comment below for a chance to win.
Happy cycling and happy new year!