Join Manhattan’s Community Board Seven and local residents at a roundtable planning workshop to help decide how bike share should work and where stations should go in the Upper West Side. The Workshop will be held at Redeemer Presbyterian Ministry Center at 150 W. 83rd St. (between Columbus and Amsterdam, Room 406. Sessions will begin at 6 pm and 7 pm.
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In partnership with the Community Board Seven, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Council Member Mark Levine, Council Member Corey Johnson, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell, Representative Jerold Nadler, Lincoln Square BID, Columbus Avenue BID, and Columbus-Amsterdam BID.
You’ve probably already heard the news: bike share is expanding to more boroughs! Back in October 2014, NYC DOT, Alta Bicycle Share and Citi Bike announced an agreement between New York City and Alta Bicycle Share to operate, improve, and double the size of the largest bike share program in North America.
The Citi Bike system, which will continue to be operated by NYC Bike Share, will be expanded from the current system of 330 stations and 6,000 bicycles to over 700 stations and 12,000 bicycles by the end of 2017! Citi Bike will stretch further into Brooklyn, into Harlem and bring bike share to Queens for the first time.
“We have worked hard these last ten months to get Citi Bike on track for the long-term,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “New Yorkers deserve a system that’s more reliable and convenient, that reaches more neighborhoods and that remains affordable. This new partnership puts bike share on solid footing, and today riders can have confidence that bike share is going to get bigger and better.”
Learn more about the announcement in the NYC DOT press release here.
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
As CitiBike begins station installation around town, you’ll notice that they’re located in different places:
- At the edge of public parks
- In pedestrian plazas and privately-owned public spaces
- On wide sidewalks
- 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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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!