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T-Minus 10 Days to Citi Bike Launch

4:38 PM EDT on May 17, 2013

The Rob Ford crack-smoking video is sucking the oxygen from every other bike-related story on this Bike to Work Day, but it looks like a good number of New Yorkers are keeping their eyes on the prize: Today is the last day to get a Citi Bike membership in time to ride on the day the system launches, May 27.

Twitter sources indicate the number of Citi Bike memberships has hit the 13,000 range. Back on Tuesday, the number was about 10,000.

Five years ago, bike-share was something they did in France, and a large-scale system like the one that will launch at the end of the month didn't seem to be in the cards for New York. There have been plenty of setbacks for NYC bike-share in the past year, but now here we are, 10 days from the launch of a new transit system.

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