DOT Installs New Citi Bike Stations in Inwood and Washington Heights
The brand new Inwood and Washington Heights Citi Bike Stations will full the Manhattan enlargement and trigger Citi Bike to surpass Paris’ Velib because the second largest bike share system after China. On April 7, 2021, the New York Metropolis Division of Transportation and Lyft introduced the completion of the Inwood and Washington Heights Citi Bike Enlargement. These new expansions will lengthen the bike share service from the Battery to 220th road, successfully masking the island of Manhattan.
Now with the 36 Citi Bike station enlargement and 20,000 Citi Bike bicycles, Citi Bike has change into the second largest bike share service on this planet. Paris’ Velib service was the second largest service earlier than being surpassed by Citi Bike. China nonetheless has the most important bike sharing service primarily based on the variety of bike docks with over 42,000 general.
Inside the US, Citi Bike is probably the most extensively used bike sharing system. The service hit a number of milestones inside the previous few years. Final yr the service hit the milestone of getting 100 million all-time rides. On September 12, 2019, the service broke data with 103,139 rides in a single day. Citi Bike customers rode over 42.1 million miles final yr. And in 2020, Citi Bike celebrated its 100 millionth journey.
E-bikes had been launched by Citi Bike in 2020 permitting for journey share of electrical bicycles. Citi Bike has added hundreds of e-bikes to its service and plans so as to add hundreds extra subsequent month. E-bikes now account for over 40% of Citi Bike ridership.
Citi Bike’s Section 3 enlargement to greater than double the footprint of their community has begun and plans to be accomplished by 2024. The present enlargement added 18 new neighborhoods to this system. New stations may also be added to the Bronx following the expansions made to Astoria and South Brooklyn made earlier this yr. Citi Bike has over 20,000 bicycles, 4,500 ebikes, and 1,300 stations in its program. This system additionally works with over 60 group companions throughout the 5 boroughs of New York Metropolis.
Lyft’s Important Workforce Membership Program assists to assist almost 30,000 free memberships. These free memberships have led to over 1.1 million extra rides taken by this group since April of final yr. Lyft additionally launched the primary Fairness Advisory Council for bike share service. Over 20 organizations are part of this Council to offer equitable steerage for Citi Bike’s enlargement.
Division of Transportation Manhattan Borough Commissioner Ed Pincar said, “The Division of Transportation’s completion of a document variety of protected bike lanes in 2020 has paved the best way for larger bike share development, and we wish to thank our companions at Lyft, together with Council Member Rodriguez and all the area people teams who’ve supported this enlargement and helped us choose station areas.”
Normal Supervisor for Citi Bike at Lyft, Laura Fox said, “Getting to twenty,000 bikes — greater than thrice what we launched with in 2013 — and surpassing Velib is a testomony to our lots of of hundreds of devoted riders for making Citi Bike some of the profitable and beloved programs on this planet. We’re proud to offer a sustainable, reasonably priced, and reliable mode of transportation to New Yorkers, and sit up for our continued partnership with NYCDOT and Mayor De Blasio as we develop this nice system.”
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer said, “The COVID pandemic has proven the necessity for various transportation options and I sit up for seeing Inwood and Washington Heights residents making good use of our metropolis’s phenomenal bike share system.”
By: Patrick McNeill (Patrick is the CityLaw intern and a New York Regulation College pupil, Class of 2022.)