Citi Bike is Here!

Citi Bikes lined up

Citi Bike officially launched to annual members on Monday, May 27. As of 5 p.m., members had made more than 6,000 bike trips, and traveled over 13,000 miles – greater than half the Earth’s circumference! Visit Citi Bike’s blog for more stats, facts and tips.

Membership opens to daily and weekly users on June 2.

Whether you’re riding your own bike or a Citi Bike, remember the rules of the road:

  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Stay off the sidewalk
  • Obey traffic lights
  • Ride with traffic


Where You’ll See Bike Share Stations

As CitiBike begins station installation around town, you’ll notice that they’re located in different places:

  1. At the edge of public parks
  2. In pedestrian plazas and privately-owned public spaces
  3. On wide sidewalks
  4. In curbside lanes, medians and other locations along the street

These locations were selected through an extensive public process and each community selected the locations that worked best for their needs. See some sample station locations here.

NYC Bike Share: Designed by New Yorkers

Planning for the bike share system in New York City involved one of the most extensive community planning processes in the city’s history. This included 400 meetings and a website that received over 10,000 suggestions and 55,000 clicks of support for station locations.

Today, DOT releases NYC Bike Share: Designed by New Yorkers, a comprehensive report on the long-term public dialog that helped shape the system. The report includes a detailed project history, photos, timelines and an appendix of workshop materials and planning partners. Read the press release here.

Thank you for helping make CitiBike a success!

Citi Bike Station Map

Citi Bike will be the largest bike share system in North America, with 600 stations and 10,000 bikes. DOT invited New Yorkers to help shape the system, and we received tens of thousands of ideas on our online suggestion map, and many more in community workshops throughout the service area.

Between September 2011 and April 2012, NYC DOT held 33 bike share demonstrations and open houses in three different languages throughout the city; presented to Community Boards and Community Board leadership 54 times; held 13 community planning workshops; met over 150 times with other stakeholders, institutions and business improvement districts; and collected almost 10,000 individual station location suggestions and more than 60,000 support votes on the suggestion map.

DOT will continue to work with New Yorkers to refine these station locations. Detailed site selection and planning work continues for Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights (Brooklyn community districts 6, 8 and 9), the Upper West and East Sides (Manhattan districts 8 and 7) and Sunnyside (Queens district 2).
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Citi Bike is coming to New York City in May

Before it starts, here are some great things to know.

Citi Bike will start in May: Citi Bike will launch in May 2013 with 5,500 bikes at nearly 300 stations across Manhattan and Brooklyn. It will be the largest bike share system in North America despite damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Learn more.

Citi Bike is a great deal: Take as many trips as you want for a low price plus overtime-fees beyond the time limit. Get full details on pricing and memberships from Citi Bike.

  • Annual Membership: $95 (first 45 minutes of every trip at no additional charge)
  • 7-Day pass: $25 (first 30 minutes of every trip at no additional charge)
  • 24-Hour pass: $9.95 (first 30 minutes of every trip at no additional charge)

A special $5 one-day membership will be available for the first few weeks after launch.

It’s easy to sign up: You will be able to sign up for an annual membership online on the Citi Bike website.  Citi Bike will send you a membership key and discount coupons for great stuff like a one-day trial pass for your friends and money off the bike helmet of your choice at participating bike shops.  Citi Bike annual memberships will go on sale on the website shortly before the system launches.  Just looking for a day or week pass?  Walk up to any Citi Bike station, swipe your credit card and you’re on your way.

No taxpayer funding:  Bike share in New York City is funded by sponsorship agreements with Citi Bank and MasterCard, and, once the system launches, revenues from users. These fees and revenues will cover the entire equipment and operations cost of the system. NYC Bike Share is not receiving any taxpayer or federal-aid dollars to establish and run the bike share system. In fact, the City expects that Citi Bike will make money which will be split between the City and NYC Bike Share.


How it Works

Citi Bike will give New Yorkers access to sturdy, safe bikes at self-service docking stations around the city. People can use the bikes by becoming long- or short-term members. Annual members enroll online and receive a touch pass for unlocking bikes. For one- or seven-day memberships, users can sign up at any station kiosk with a credit card. The bikes can be returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible points and combinations of departure and arrival. With membership, users can take an unlimited number of trips. For annual members, the first 45 minutes of every trip comes at no additional charge. Short term (24 hr & 7 day) members get the first 30 minutes of every trip at no extra charge.

New York City is introducing Citi Bike to provide New Yorkers with more options for getting around the city. Most trips (54%) that New Yorkers make are less than two miles, a perfect distance for riding a bike. Citi Bike will give New Yorkers a cheap, easy, efficient and fast option for these short trips by providing ready access to a bike, without having to worry about storage or maintenance.

Where can you go with bike share? Here are a few maps that show the range of destinations available just a short bike trip away, starting from Washington Square Park, Penn Station and Schaefer Landing, the East River Ferry stop in South Williamsburg.

CitiBike to Launch in NYC

NYC DOT and NYC Bicycle Share are happy to announce that Citi is the official sponsor of the NYC Bike Share system. Private sponsorship, combined with user fees, means that no taxpayer dollars will be used to operate the system in NYC.

Visit CitiBike to learn more about system pricing, membership, upcoming events and system launch.

Here’s one of the first shots of the bikes. We can’t wait to see them action on New York’s streets!

Community Workshops Kick Off with Big Turnouts

The first of DOT’s Community Workshops were a huge success! Over 100 New Yorkers from Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Clinton, the West Village, Tribeca and SoHo came out to help select locations for Bike Share stations in their respective neighborhoods.

DOT staff greeted community members at the Holland House on 42nd Street on January 31 and at Our Lady of Pompeii on Bleecker Street on February 6.  As multiple workshop tables of about 8 people apiece quickly filled up, DOT staff began with a short presentation about bike share, answered questions, and then lead participants though a series of activities. These activities were centered on types of trips they will use bike share for, the technology associated with bike share and the places they would like to see the stations. The main event, for most, came at the end of each table’s session, when a large map was revealed displaying potential station sites throughout the community districts. DOT staff explained to participants that these sites, suggested by residents, local businesses, local officials and community groups had passed the test concerning technical feasibility.

The exercise asks that community members, who undoubtedly know their neighborhoods best, take the map of what “could be” and turn it into the map of what “should be.” With this in mind, workshop attendees were asked to indicate, using stickers, the sites they liked and disliked, and discuss the reason for their viewpoint.

DOT staff collected all the feedback that residents offered, and will examine it in close detail when determining a plan of action for station placement. Come help DOT and Alta Bicycle Share plan the system when there is a workshop in your neighborhood! You can find a list of upcoming workshops and events here.

Bike Share: Help Us Plan in Person!

Community Workshop season is upon us! Add your community board workshop to your calendar and come out to support station locations that work for you.

During the workshop, community members will participate in small group conversations led by DOT moderators to discuss how they might use Bike Share, types of locations that work best, and features that make Bike Share easy for daily life. The workshop concludes with a more precise look at where attendees would like to see Bike Share stations in the community.

The workshops run on a “drop-in” format; the whole session takes about an hour and new groups will be starting throughout the workshop’s scheduled time frame.

Check our timeline to see details for upcoming workshops in your neighborhood. Bike share thrives when the station locations work for the community so we’re asking for your help!