⚡️SUPERCHARGED BIKE TRAIN⚡️ On 50 New Pedal-Assist Citi Bikes, Transportation Alternatives, Citi Bike Leadership, and North Brooklyn Residents Ride Over the Williamsburg Bridge in Preparation for L Train Shutdown
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BROOKLYN – Riding 50 brand new pedal-assist Citi Bikes, City Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Transportation Alternatives members, and Citi Bike leadership joined North Brooklyn residents and advocates for a group bike ride known as a “bike train” across the Williamsburg Bridge to encourage more New Yorkers to commute by bike during the L train shutdown beginning in 2019.
Advocates also hoped to draw attention to the anticipated influx of new bicyclists and Citi Bike’s “shuttle” service of 1,000 pedal-assist bikes going over the Williamsburg Bridge during the L train shutdown. This innovative solution will provide North Brooklyn commuters with a speedy, sweat-free commuting option to get between Brooklyn and Manhattan once the disruption begins in April 2019. These 1,000 pedal-assist bikes will travel between four specially designed pedal-assist docking stations — two in Williamsburg and two in Lower Manhattan — conveniently located nearby additional transit connections. The shuttle bicycles could only be rented and returned to these four stations to ensure they are powered up and readily available for interborough commuters. Until the Williamsburg Bridge shuttle service begins next year, a fleet of pedal-assist Citi Bikes has been distributed and available for rental within the Citi Bike station-based service area in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens — beginning with the 200 pedal-assist bikes that joined the fleet this week.
“I thank CitiBike, Motivate, Transportation Alternatives, and the L Train Coalition for championing bold and innovative measures to help North Brooklyn residents weather the L train shutdown,” said Council Member Antonio Reynoso. “The impending shutdown will undoubtedly pose a great challenge to all North Brooklyn residents, but the hardship will be felt even more acutely by those who rely on the train line for their daily commute. CitiBike’s 1,000 pedal-assist bike shuttle will help residents to commute efficiently and quickly across the Williamsburg Bridge, while contributing to our goal of a more sustainable and resilient city. I look forward to the expansion of pedal assist bikes and will continue to advocate for environmentally conscious modes of transportation.”
“When the L Train shuts down next year, commuters are going to need all the options they can get. The addition of pedal-assist bikes to the Citi Bike fleet will change the way people think about crossing the Williamsburg Bridge, and can make cycling more accessible to bike-curious New Yorkers across the city,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives.
“Riding the new pedal-assist Citi Bikes, getting over the Williamsburg Bridge has never been easier or more fun,” said Jay Walder, the President and CEO of Motivate, the operator of Citi Bike. “I am thrilled that we could launch more of our supercharged bikes today alongside the Transportation Alternatives Bike Train. This group includes some of the fiercest advocates for safe streets in our city, whose work has been integral in making New York more friendly for cyclists and pedestrians alike. As the Bike Train reminded us on our ride this morning, the L train shutdown is fast approaching, but Citi Bike is powered up and ready to play a critical role in getting New Yorkers across the East River.”
About Transportation Alternatives:
Transportation Alternatives’ mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile and advocate for better bicycling, walking, and public transit for all New Yorkers. With 100,000 active supporters and a committee of activists working locally in every borough, TransAlt fights for the installation of infrastructure improvements that reduce speeding and traffic crashes, save lives and improve everyday transportation for all New Yorkers. Since our founding in 1973, TransAlt has paved the way for remarkable changes in New York City’s transportation infrastructure: the extraordinary growth of bicycling, the launch of Citi Bike and the introduction of innovations to city streets, like Complete Streets, parking-protected bike lanes, automated speed enforcement cameras, public plazas, Select Bus Service and Neighborhood Slow Zones, and much more.
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 64 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 New York City. Customers can download the Citi Bike app to unlock bikes, find real-time station information, and see individualized statistics including miles traveled and calories burned. Learn more at https://www.citibikenyc.com/.