Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that NYC DOT has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) that could bring bike sharing to outer-borough neighborhoods that Citi Bike has not yet reached – including in the Bronx and on Staten Island. The RFEI seeks innovative companies and ideas around next-generation “dockless” public bike share systems. The City will continue to support and strengthen Citi Bike, and prioritize new systems that complement existing service.
Learn more via the press release or by reviewing the RFEI here.
NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and Jay Walder, President & CEO of Citi Bike operator Motivate announced today that Citi Bike is continuing its expansion this fall, starting September 12th, bringing 2,000 new bikes and 140 new stations to three boroughs: Harlem up to 130th Street in Manhattan (CB9, CB 10 & CB11); Astoria and Long Island City in Queens (CB1 & CB2); and Crown Heights and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn (CB8 & CB9). This year’s growth fulfills a commitment to double the bike-share system’s size by the end of 2017.
“With this round of Citi Bike expansion, bike share will now cover more than 30 square miles, with more New Yorkers able to take advantage of this fast, affordable, convenient and sustainable transportation option,” said Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “More than just adding neighborhoods to the bike share network, Citi Bike is also bringing more bikes and stations to already established neighborhoods. I thank our partners at Motivate; after just over four years on the streets of New York City, it’s now difficult to imagine a New York City without Citi Bike.”
“As we proceed with phase two of Citi Bike’s expansion, we celebrate one of the most successful public private partnerships in the history of our city,” said Jay Walder, President & CEO of Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike. “By working in partnership with the Department of Transportation, we’ve been able to create more than 450 good new jobs, we’ve engaged New Yorkers and visitors in a healthy, fun and safe way to get around the city, and we’ve been able to turn urban bike share from an interesting experiment into a crucial component of our city’s transit network. We look forward to building on our joint success.”
Learn more in the press release by clicking here.