NEW YORK – Mayor de Blasio, DOT and HRA today announced that Citi Bike would become more accessible to New Yorkers, by expanding Citi Bike’s $5 per month membership. Previously only available to NYCHA residents, starting today, New Yorkers who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, will be eligible.
More than 1.6 million New Yorkers rely on SNAP to help feed their families every day. The new program is presented by Healthfirst, the largest not-for-profit health insurance plan in New York City, and was announced at the Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation.
To apply for this discount, SNAP recipients can visit the Citi Bike website at citibikenyc.com and enter their EBT card number or NYCHA tenant ID. Citi Bike is partnering with HRA, the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and other to begin a robust community outreach program with in-person, multilingual sign up opportunities at SNAP enrollment centers, greenmarkets, NYCHA developments, and community centers. NYCHA residents already enrolled in the discount program do not need to reapply.
The new memberships do not require an annual commitment like traditional memberships do and at $5 per month offer a 66% discount off the traditional price. The membership includes rides on 12,000 bikes to more than 750 stations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Members will also be able to utilize bike share in Coney Island, where Citi Bike plans to begin a pilot of dockless bikes later this year.
“This initiative, presented by Healthfirst, reinforces our long-standing commitment to making Citi Bike accessible for more New Yorkers,” said Kris Sandor, Citi Bike General Manager. “Just as Citi Bike has made it easier to move around this great city, we will now will make it easier for low-income individuals to enjoy the transportation, health and financial benefits of bike share — all for a monthly membership less than the price of two swipes of a MetroCard.”
Since launching on May 27, 2013, Citi Bike has doubled the number of bikes to 12,000, more than doubled the number of stations to 750, and increased membership by more 400 percent, with over 140,000 current members. Stations now extend into Queens, up to 130th Street in Harlem, and cover Brooklyn from Greenpoint to Red Hook and from Park Slope to Bedford Stuyvesant. The system routinely reaches an upwards of 70,000 daily rides during peak seasons and broke its single-day ridership record on June 26 with 80,624 rides in line with four straight years of breaking annual memberships.
SNAP recipients can use their EBT card number to check eligibility for the discount here