The first new wave of stations in Citi Bike’s planned scale-up will hit the streets in early August.
Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike, and the New York City Department of Transportation announced today that 139 stations will be added in Long Island City, Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bedford-Stuyvesant this summer and to the Upper East and Upper West sides of Manhattan in fall. It is the first phase of the Citi Bike expansion that will see doubling of the network across New York City from 6,000 to 12,000 bikes within the next two years.
“This is the start of something big,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Citi Bike is rolling into the outer boroughs like never before.
“That means hundreds of thousands more New Yorkers will have a fast, sustainable, low-cost transportation option,” he continued.
Here’s the breakdown of the new station locations (see map below):
– Brooklyn, beginning in August: 91 stations in Bedford-Stuyvesant (26), Williamsburg (33), Greenpoint (20) and Long Island City (12)
– Manhattan, beginning in fall: 48 stations on the Upper East Side (27) and Upper West Side (21), between 59th Street to 86th Street.
– Bike fleet: 1,400 bikes, newly designed by Ben Serotta, will be brought into circulation to supply the new stations.
The locations were decided over the course of several years in hundreds of meetings with input from the public and community stakeholders.
The roll-out of the new stations is in addition to actions to improve the system already taken by Motivate since it took over operation of Citi Bike earlier this year. Those have included replacing the software that runs Citi Bike, replacing software and hardware at all existing stations and docking points, and adding 1,000 new and upgraded bikes to the fleet starting at the end of June.
Encouraging greater accessibility to the network is also part of the plan. For example, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Citi Bike and the NYC DOT are teaming with the non-profit Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in community outreach, including bike safety classes and free helmet giveaways. Discounted Citi Bike memberships are also available to residents of affordable housing and there is free access for community organizations for group rides.
The Citi Bike expansion is made possible by increased sponsorship from Citi of up to $70.5 million extended through 2024. Keep up to date with the expansion by clicking here.