With the city’s long awaited bike share program just two weeks from getting underway, the Department of Transportation gave reporters access to a few bikes and stations at the Brooklyn Navy yard on Sunday.
The yard is the site of a major setback for the bike share program. Sandy damaged 2,000 bikes and docking stations stored at the yard.
"We didn’t physically lose bikes," DOT Policy Director John Orcutt said. "What happened were the ones that were submerged, the wheel hubs and other important moving parts got inundated with saltwater was that a lot of station components went underwater."
The bikes and docking stations worked smoothly for the dozen reporters who went for a ride in the controlled environment of the Navy yard.
The city has applied to FEMA for funds to cover the cost of damage to the bike share equipment from Sandy.