Not only will Governors Island be getting a makeover, it will also get the city's first bike sharing program. amNew York reported that Dutch firm West 8, hired to handle the Governors Island makeover, "will also build 3,000 wooden bicycles for free use by visitors to the island."

The island is expected by be renovated by 2012, and the hope is that the bike sharing test will inspire the city to expand the program. In the summer, the city got a small taste of bike sharing through NYC Bike Share. And during a trip to Paris, Mayor Bloomberg seemed interested in Paris' bike sharing program, though he acknowledged NYC had some challenges (potholes, lack of bike lanes) that would prevent it from creating a similar program.


On West 8's website, you can see images of the wooden bikes - as well as renderings of people enjoying them.