The Downtown Alliance (I shudder to think what kind of terrifying organization that is...) says they have a "free bicycle rental program" for downtown Manhattan. It's called "Bike Around Downtown." Sounds good...
"It's simple to register, reserve and ride! Just click on the link below to get started. Registrants must be 18 years of age or older and adults can reserve for a child. Children's bikes as well as tagalongs, wagons and bayseats are available free of charge.Looks like the reality is that it's a bit limited, it's nothing like we should have, but it's a start and it could still be useful. NOTE: A credit card is required to register for the program. Check it out here.
Once you register, reserved bicycles may be picked up at Bike and Roll NYC, located at the South Street Seaport, under the FDR Drive at Fulton and South Streets.
There are 30 free bicycles available for each of the sessions below:
Monday through Friday:
Saturday and Sunday: