Bike-share delays are a software issue, Bloomberg says

The Citi bike, and Robert Steel. (Dana Rubinstein)
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Earlier this week, whoever manages the Twitter feed for Citi Bike, New York's new bike-sharing program revealed that the program's launch would not happen in July, as originally promised.

No details were given as to why.

Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg solved the mystery, sort of.

"The software doesn't work yet, and we're not gonna put it in until it does, period," said the mayor, in response to a question from John Gambling about the program's status during his regular Friday-morning radio appearance.

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"The one thing is, the company that does it had some software problems, changed one of their software vendors, and until they get it right, we're just not gonna install it," added the mayor.

Chattanooga, Tenn. encountered similar problems with its new bike-share system, which was supposed to have launched May 1. 

Unrelated, Bloomberg said during the interview that he didn't have much confidence that a teacher-evaluation deal with the teachers union would be forthcoming by January, despite the fact that $300 million in federal and state monies for education is contingent on an agreement.

"We'd love to have the money, but the money isn't as important as having the best teachers in front of the kids," she said.