You Can Now Valet Park Your Citi Bike In The East Village

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With AFP Story by Brigitte DUSSEAU: US-Transport-Bicycle-Share-CitiBikeLaura Glenn-Hershey rides a Citi Bike bicycle from a station near Union Square as the bike sharing system is launched May 27, 2013 in New York. About 330 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn will have thousands of bicycles for rent. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) | STAN HONDA via Getty Images

With AFP Story by Brigitte DUSSEAU: US-Transport-Bicycle-Share-CitiBikeLaura Glenn-Hershey rides a Citi Bike bicycle from a station near Union Square as the bike sharing system is launched May 27, 2013 in New York. About 330 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn will have thousands of bicycles for rent. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) | STAN HONDA via Getty Images

The hardship of finding a vacant spot to park bike share bicycles is proving maddeningly difficult for some New Yorkers — so much so, the city is now experimenting with free valet bike parking at one of its most popular docking locations.

The pilot program, which officially kicked off on Monday, will post at least two Citi Bike employees at the system’s 7th Street and Avenue A location in the East Village every weeknight from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. — easily one of Citi Bike’s most hectic periods.

The staffers will carry away bikes on tricycles and guide bikes to newly open spaces, freeing riders of the all-too-grueling task of finding their own, AM New York explains.

“The valet bike parking is something I think provides a sense of reassurance,” Citi Bike spokesperson Dani Simons told AM.

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