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Swiss gift free Citi Bike day passes Thursday

The NYC Department of Transportation and Citi Bike

The NYC Department of Transportation and Citi Bike announce expanded service into Queens at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

The Swiss -- the people who brought us great watches, secretive bank accounts and a strong sense of neutrality -- are bestowing a free day of Citi Bike riding to New Yorkers on Thursday.

For Bike-to-Work week, Citi Bike's day passes will be at no cost. Switzerland Tourism, which paid a partnership fee, has been advertising in Citi Bike materials for new members to get people to ride the bike-friendly country, with 5,600 cycling routes and 2,800 biking trails.

Bicycling in Switzerland, which has a nationwide bike share program called PubliBike, is popular: 9% of all trips in the country are made on bikes.

Anyone who wants a free Citi Bike ride can get a 24-hour pass, usually $9.95, with a credit card without a promo code, though a $101 security hold will be placed on the card, according to Citi Bike.

A day pass offers free unlimited 30-minute rides. Users would still pay for overtime charges under the promotion.


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