Yes. To date, New Yorkers have taken over 12 million Citi Bike trips with less than a few dozen crashes, none serious. 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 and bells, are integral to bike share bikes. All bike share station locations are 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 quadrupled, 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 900 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 and a recent Hunter College study has shown that Citi Bike riders are some of the safest cyclists on the road.
Citi Bike itself is also a great way to inform New Yorkers and visitors about bicycle safety. New York City’s rules of the road are printed on each Citi Bike, on Citi Bike stations and other materials. The program’s visibility and its correspondence with subscribers creates a platform to further educate New Yorkers on how to safely share the streets.