We mentioned last week that Hurricane Sandy may have done serious damage to the city’s forthcoming bike share program, and that delays to the launch of the already-embattled project were likely. Today, a press release from the Department of Transportation confirms what many suspected. The bike share program, originally scheduled to launch this past summer, then rescheduled for next March, will instead be delayed until May 2013.

The amount of coverage will decrease as well–the department originally planned on beginning with 7,000 bikes, then gradually increasing to 10,000; now it will launch with 5,500 and ramp up to 7,000. “DOT has worked around the clock to restore vital transportation links following the storm and that includes putting Citi Bike on the road to recovery,” department commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said in a statement. “Despite the damage, New York will have the nation’s largest bike share system up and running this spring.”

Read the full press release at Streetsblog.