Citi Bike® Will Be Free On Car Free Earth Day

In Partnership with Mastercard, Citi Bike Rides Will be Free to New Yorkers and Visitors Through the Citi Bike app on Saturday, April 21st.

NEW YORK CITY– New York’s residents and visitors will be able to use the Citi Bike system for free on Car Free Earth Day this year, thanks to a partnership between Citi Bike and Mastercard, the duo announced today alongside NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Speaker Corey Johnson, and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.

Riders interested in taking advantage of the free Citi Bike day passes can visit download and open the Citi Bike app on Saturday, April 21st.

“They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but on Car Free Earth Day, free Citi Bike rides are the real deal,” said Kris Sandor, Citi Bike General Manager. “Open the app, download your free day pass, and explore on Citi Bike the nearly 30 blocks of Broadway open for cyclists and pedestrians. New York is one of the best cities in the nation to explore by bike, and there’s no better day to try out — for free — one of the most fun, healthy, and eco-friendly ways to get around town.”

“We’re honored to continue our partnership with Citi Bike and help New Yorkers Go Green on Car Free Earth Day,” said Matthew Driver, executive vice president, Mastercard. “As bike share initiatives like Citi Bike continue to gain popularity and expand into new neighborhoods, we’re honored to bring this offering to more people and support sustainable transportation.”

“On April 21st, 30 blocks of Broadway will be open to pedestrians and cyclists, young and old. And thanks to our Car Free Earth Day partners at Motivate, all New Yorkers can enjoy a free day of Citi Bike,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “There is no excuse not to get on your bike and ride!’”

“As New Yorkers, we rely on our own two feet to travel throughout the five boroughs. Car Free Earth Day is a great way to celebrate our streets safely, and it is great to see Citi Bike has become a partner. Citi Bikes have become a staple of our City for many New Yorkers to utilize as a healthy and green way to get around. I want to extend my special thanks to Citi Bike providing New Yorkers with free rides on Car Free Earth Day. I encourage all constituents to take part in Car Free Earth Day, and I thank Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and the Department of Transportation for spearheading Car Free Earth Day each year,” said Speaker Corey Johnson.

“Car Free Day is the best day to explore different environment-friendly transportation alternatives. Thanks to Citi Bike it has become much easier and practical to get around the city riding a bike. Its expanded presence throughout the five boroughs and discounted memberships, including for NYCHA residents, make it a viable option for all New Yorkers,” said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair of the Council Committee of Transportation.

Riders can access their free day pass from or by opening the Citi Bike app starting at 12:01 AM on Saturday, April 21st. Within the app, riders can also find bikes and docks, purchase an annual membership, see lifetime ride statistics, access 24-7 customer service assistance, and even find nearby bike shops.

In addition to the free rides, Citi Bike will set up tent on Broadway and 22nd Street on April 21st, where New Yorkers can get comfortable on a Citi Bike with the help of Citi Bike ambassadors. New customers can save $25 on annual membership and start biking off their carbon footprint. Current Citi Bike members can also receive a giveaway when they recycle their key fobs and sign up to begin unlocking bikes straight from their Citi Bike app.

Citi Bike riders took over 16.5 million rides last year, saving more than 23 million pounds of carbon from going into the atmosphere — the equivalent amount of carbon sequestered by 45,454 acres of forests in a single year.

As a company, Citi Bike works to further reduce its carbon footprint through two unique rebalancing methods that rely on pedal-power, rather than carbon fuel, to move bikes to where they are needed: Citi Bike pioneered Bike Angels, a program that incentivizes Citi Bike members themselves to use their pedal-power to help rebalance bikes through the city; it also operates a fleet of bike trains year-round that enable one team member to pedal more than a dozen bikes at once down city streets. Every bike that is rebalanced by a bike train or Bike Angel is on less bike that must be rebalanced by a traditional truck or van.

The Citi Bike annual membership costs $169 per year for 365 days of unlimited, 45-minute rides. One-day and three-day passes provide unlimited 30-minute trips during these periods and are available for $12 and $24 respectively. Citi cardholders receive a 10% discount on annual memberships, and employees at a variety of New York City companies can receive subsidized annual memberships too.

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 a fun, affordable, and integral part of New York’s transportation network, with more than 50 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 three boroughs. Customers can download the Citi Bike app to unlock bikes, find real-time station information, and see individualized statistics including miles traveled, calories burned, and CO2 reduced. Learn more at