PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- When New York debuted its bicycle sharing program last month, the tabloids and columnists had their collective freakout and Citibank (C)-sponsored CitiBike was not only still standing, but going strong with more than 20,000 members. That may have been the bike boom's mainstream moment.Yes, the system is still a glitch-ridden mess thanks to a falling-out between equipment company Bixi and its software designer. Yes, Chicago's new Divvy bike share program is riddled with the same issues, as is the system in Chattanooga, Tenn. But just having New York and Chicago on board removes the biggest obstacle to expanded use of those programs in America's large cities and -- like Boston's Hubway system and Minneapolis' Nice Ride systems before them -- dispels the myth that such programs are strictly for small cities and college towns.
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