Yes. Citi Bike bikes are extremely stable, not capable of high speeds and are routinely maintained by professional mechanics. Safety features such as always-on lights, bells, and GPS devices are integral to bike share bikes. All bike share station locations will be reviewed and approved by DOT traffic engineers to ensure safety.
Today, cycling has never been safer in New York City. Since 2007, DOT bike counts on key routes have more than doubled, while cycling injuries and fatalities have fallen or remained flat. Overall, the risk of injury to cyclists in New York City has decreased by 75% since 2000. The City has added over 270 miles of bike lanes in the city since 2006, which has made streets much safer for cyclists. There are now more than 700 miles of bike lanes city-wide, including parks and greenways. Data from London and Washington show that people riding shared bicycles are involved in fewer crashes and receive fewer injuries than people riding their own bikes.
The City will use bike share to increase the outreach already underway around bicycle safety. The program’s visibility and its correspondence with subscribers will create a great platform to further educate New Yorkers on how to safely share the streets.