DOCKLESS BIKE SHARE UPDATE: NYC DOT AND CITI BIKE LAUNCH 200 DOCKLESS CITI BIKES IN FORDHAM AREA OF THE BRONX
For first time, dockless Citi Bikes roll out on New York streets, no stations required to park
NYCHA residents and SNAP recipients are eligible for unlimited rides in the Bronx and beyond at only $5 per month through Reduced Fare Bike Share, presented by Healthfirst; Current Citi Bike members can unlock Bronx bikes as part of annual membership
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today that Citi Bike launched its pilot program of dockless bikes in the Bronx. Starting today, riders can unlock 200 distinctive blue bikes through the Citi Bike mobile app to take trips in the greater Fordham area (see service area map at bottom of release). The pilot program in the central Bronx is part of DOT’s efforts this year that have successfully brought bike share for the first time to all five boroughs.
“We are thrilled to today welcome Citi Bike to the Bronx,” said DOT Bronx Borough Commissioner Nivardo Lopez. “From Fordham’s Rose Hill campus down to Tremont Ave, and from the Bronx Zoo and Botanical Garden to Arthur Avenue, we are optimistic that this new transportation option will be a revelation. We encourage Bronx residents to get out and enjoy Citi Bike, and hope they will soon be joined by tens of thousands of regular Citi Bike riders who can use their annual membership to explore this wonderful part of the Boogie Down Bronx.”
“Today, we celebrate two milestones, bringing Citi Bike to Bronx residents and unveiling a brand new, dockless way to enjoy the system,” said Kris Sandor, Citi Bike General Manager. “We are particularly proud of our expanded equity programming, which will allow Bronx residents who live in NYCHA developments or receive SNAP benefits to get on a bike not just in the Bronx but across the 750-station network for as little as $5 per month. ”
The Bronx service map and imagery are available here. Citi Bike’s dockless bikes are priced at $2 per half-hour trip for a single ride. Current annual Citi Bike members are able to unlock and take unlimited 45-minute rides on the dockless bikes too, which must remain within the Bronx pilot area. New Yorkers who live in NYCHA developments or receive SNAP benefits can also enroll in Citi Bike’s $5 per month low-cost membership program, Reduced Fare Bike Share, and receive unlimited rides. To apply for this discount, individuals can visit the Citi Bike website at https://www.citibikenyc.com/pricing/ and enter their EBT card number or NYCHA tenant ID.
“We are excited to join with Citi Bike to make dockless bike sharing more accessible. This initiative will provide NYCHA residents and SNAP recipients in the Bronx with an affordable and healthy transit option,” said George Hulse, Healthfirst’s Vice President of Community Engagement. “For more than 25 years Healthfirst has been a strong partner for our members and community organizations. With this pilot program, we will continue to ensure that the neighborhoods we proudly serve receive access to cost-effective resources that improve their health and well-being.”
When done riding, riders should closely follow in-app instructions for locking bikes, being sure to leave them in locations that are safe and accessible to future riders. The bikes should be parked responsibly on the sidewalk, in line with other street furniture such as benches or bike racks, and not blocking pedestrian traffic. Bikes should never be left in the street nor should they be parked where they are blocking doorways, ramps, or driveways.
The Fordham area of the Bronx is the third of four areas of New York City where dockless bike share has rolled out this summer. On July 13th, the Rockaways became the first community to host dockless bikes, with the companies Lime and Pace providing coverage. Later in July, the bike share pilot expanded to the North Shore of Staten Island, with bikes provided by JUMP and Lime. On July 28th, JUMP began service in the same Bronx pilot area where Citi Bike begins today. Later this year, Coney Island in Brooklyn will also host a pilot with dockless bikes supplied by operators to be determined (see earlier announcements here and here).
“I commend NYC DOT Commissioner Trottenberg on the further expansion of the Citi Bike program to the Fordham area of the Bronx,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat. “The Citi Bike program has had a significant impact on our efforts to expand transportation and commuter options for New Yorkers, giving residents a safe, affordable, and easily accessible alternative way to travel throughout our city.”
“I am thrilled that Citi Bike begins to operate its Bronx dockless pilot program today as it will allow Bronxites to get exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and contribute to a healthier environment while traveling around the Fordham neighborhood,” said State Senator Gustavo Rivera. “This is a first step towards bringing healthier transportation options to the Bronx and I look forward to seeing bike share flourish in our borough.”
“In the midst of this heat and rain, I am pleased that Bronxites can enjoy the launch of this pilot program encouraging the use of shared dockless bicycles. I am hopeful that this will increase and spread the use of bicycles in the Bronx, leading to cleaner, healthier neighborhoods that are friendly and safe for cyclists,” said Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.
“Citi Bike has been key in making society healthier, less dependent on car ownership and greener,” said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair of the Council Committee on Transportation. “It is exciting to see Citi Bike come to the Central Bronx and launch in the DOT dockless pilot today. I hope we continue to make bike share financially and physically available to more and more communities in the city.”
“Bike sharing provides a transportation option that supports transit equity, outdoor activity, exercise and improved health outcomes,” said Council Member Fernando Cabrera. “The Bronx is long overdue for bike sharing, which has been available in Manhattan for several years. I’m happy to see Citi Bike participate in the dockless pilot in the Central Bronx and Fordham neighborhoods and look forward to Bronxites getting around on the iconic blue bikes.”
For more information on New York City’s bike share efforts, please see www.nyc.gov/bikeshare.
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 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 https://www.citibikenyc.com/.