The nation’s largest bike share system is about to get even bigger, thanks to an investment of $100 million by Lyft that’s aimed at bringing Citi Bike to a more “economically diverse range of communities.”
The announcement, made by Mayor Bill de Blasio alongside reps from Lyft on the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse on Tuesday, said the expansion will double the size of the bike share service area and triple the number of bikes over the next five years. This phase of Citi Bike’s expansion (the third) will bring bikes to all of Manhattan, as well as into the Bronx, and deeper into Brooklyn and Queens. Citi Bike also announced a $300,000 expansion grant program, sponsored by Healthfirst, as well as a new handcycle pilot for the disability community.
“This expansion will help us build a more fair and equitable city for all New Yorkers,” said de Blasio. “Even more communities will have access to this low-cost, sustainable mode of transportation. With double the territory and triple the number of bikes over the next few years, Citi Bike will become an even better option for travel around New York City.”
Citi Bike has begun the expansion with 25 new stations along the L-train corridor in East Williamsburg and Bushwick. In the months ahead, it will add more stations in these neighborhoods and within Ridgewood, Queens.
Next, Citi Bike will expand into the South Bronx and Upper Manhattan, beginning community board consultation this fall – with stations installed in 2020. The planned expansion through 2023 will include the following neighborhoods:
· The Bronx: Mott Haven, Melrose, Port Morris, Highbridge, Claremont, Morrisania, Longwood, Concourse, and Mt. Eden
· Brooklyn: Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, East Flatbush, Sunset Park, South Slope, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Park South and Kensington
· Manhattan: Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Sugar Hill, Washington Heights and Inwood (when completed, all of Manhattan will have Citi Bike)
· Queens: Sunnyside, Maspeth, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona.
Annual memberships are $169 for 365 days of unlimited 45-minute rides, and New Yorkers who live in NYCHA developments or receive SNAP benefits can access Citi Bike for only $5 a month through Reduced Faire Bike Share, presented by Healthfirst. Citi Bike is now available in the Lyft app, where customers can find real-time station information and unlock bikes.