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New York's Citi Bike sharing scheme sees first fatality

Citi Bike docking station in New York (28 May 2013) Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption New York's Citi Bike is the largest bike sharing programme in the US

A bike-share cyclist in New York has become the first fatality in the city since the programme was launched four years ago, officials say.

Dan Hanegby, 36, collided with a bus which then ran him over.

The dead man is reported by local media to be a married investment banker from Israel who moved to the US in 2003 to study at university.

Officials from the Citi Bike programme say that more than 43 million journeys have been made since the scheme began.

A spokesperson from Citi Bike's parent company expressed "heartfelt condolences" to the dead rider's family.

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Image caption When he was 16, Mr Hanegby was the top-ranked tennis player in Israel, reports the Times of Israel

Cyclists in New York have recently started lobbying the authorities to do more to improve their safety, local media report.

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Four people were killed on bicycles in the city between January and April this year, the latest figures show.

Citi Bike is reported to be the largest bike sharing scheme in the US, with nearly 600 docking stations across New York City.

Similar schemes are already in place in cities across the world including London, Paris, Montreal, Beirut and Barcelona.

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