NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that New York City had reached an agreement with Motivate, the operator of Citi Bike, to improve bikeshare coverage in some of Citi Bike’s busiest neighborhoods. Starting next spring, Citi Bike will add a total of 1,250 bikes and 2,500 docking points in Manhattan, as well as in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“Citi Bike has doubled in size under my administration, grown to where it is now by far the biggest bike share system in all of North America – at its busiest, the average Citi Bike can be ridden seven times per day,” said de Blasio. “However, we have not been resting on this past success. In addition to bringing bike share to every borough of New York City this summer under an innovative pilot of dockless services, we are committed to strengthening Citi Bike. Over the next year, riders can expect to see more bikes, docks, and pedal-assist bikes, and temporary valet stations that will together help meet demand during the L train shut down next year.”
The announcement about increased coverage includes three major elements:
More Citi Bikes, denser coverage: In Citi Bike’s busiest areas, cycling is expected to expand dramatically with the L train’s disruption next year. The first stage of the City’s plan to increase capacity in Citi Bike’s existing service area will focus in Manhattan between Canal Street and 59th Street and the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, where Citi Bike will offer denser coverage with 2,500 new docks and 1,250 new bicycles. The process of providing denser coverage is known as “infill,” and will involve both new docking stations and enlarging current stations. DOT and Citi Bike will coordinate a robust community engagement process. working closely with local elected officials, community groups as well as the affected community boards – Brooklyn Community Board 1 and Manhattan Community Boards 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
More Citi Bike valet stations: Valet stations are staffed by Citi Bike employees in the system’s busiest areas, mostly near transit hubs in Midtown and lower Manhattan. At these stations during peak hours, bike docks can fill up and empty quickly – but Citi Bike employees can “valet” extra bikes, corralling them near the station and thereby increasing the capacity of a single station beyond its fixed docks. In anticipation of the L train disruption, Citi Bike expects to add as many as ten new valet stations, located in areas heavily affected by the L train disruption, including Williamsburg, the Lower East Side, along the 14th Street corridor and adjacent to East River ferry stops in both Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Citi Bike pedal-assist “Shuttle Service”: As Mayor de Blasio announced earlier this year, DOT is currently engaged in a rulemaking process to clarify the legality of pedal-assist bicycles, with publication of an adopted rule expected in the very near future. Pedal-assist bicycles have been shown to help cyclists travel longer distances and climb hills more easily — like the incline found on the Williamsburg Bridge bike path. Citi Bike announced today that it would add a temporary, additional 1,000 pedal-assist bicycle “Shuttle Service” to its fleet during the L train closure, which would designate four conveniently-located pedal-assist docking stations — two in Williamsburg and two in lower Manhattan for their exclusive use. “Shuttle Service” bicycles could only be rented and returned to these stations.
About Citi Bike
Citi Bike is New York City’s bike share system, and the largest and most successful in the nation. Since its launch in 2013, Citi Bike has expanded to 12,000 bikes at more than 750 stations and has become an integral part of New York’s transportation network, with more than 60 million rides taken to date. Operated by Motivate, North America’s bike share leader, Citi Bike consists of a fleet of specially designed, durable bikes that are locked into a network of stations in more than sixty neighborhoods across three boroughs. Customers can download the Citi Bike app to unlock bikes, find real-time station information, and see individualized statistics including miles traveled, calories burned, and CO2 reduced.