BROOKLYN - The long-awaited Citi bike-share program launched today.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city's transportation commissioner kicked off the program today at a docking station near the Brooklyn Bridge.

Brooklyn residents can only use one of the bikes if they've signed up for an annual membership, which costs $95 and comes with unlimited rides of 45 minutes at a time.

The program will extend to everyone else next Sunday, when interested persons can buy a 24-hour pass for $10 per day or a 7-day pass for $25.

There will be about 6,000 bright blue Citi bikes riding between Brooklyn and Manhattan and 330 docking stations at which one can pick up or drop off the bikes.

One of the bikes was stolen, but promptly recovered.