Officials test pedal-assist Citi Bikes ahead of L train shutdown

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The advocacy group Transportation Alternatives and members of the L Train Coalition met up in Williamsburg Wednesday for the launch of the supercharged bike train.

Going across the Williamsburg Bridge's incline could be a challenge for some riders, so the pedal-assist option for Citi Bikes aims to make the journey a bit easier.

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The pedal-assist option is part of the city's plan to ease the burden of the L train shutdown that begins next April.

Officials say they hope the group commuting across the bridge will grow during the repairs.

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