Mayor de Blasio, NYC DOT, Motivate and Citi Announce that Citi Bike’s Latest Expansion Has Begun on Upper East Side and Upper West Side
NEW YORK––Mayor Bill de Blasio and Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, along with Motivate, the operator of Citi Bike, and program sponsor Citi today announced the start of the next phase of the Citi Bike program’s expansion – moving north of 85th Street for the first time. As of today, new stations have opened at East 88th Street/Park Avenue, East 88th Street/5th Avenue, West 87th Street/Amsterdam Avenue and West 87th Street/West End Avenue in Manhattan.
“Bringing Citi Bike to all of the Upper East Side and Upper West Side is a great and necessary next step, but it captures how much work we still have yet to do,” saidMayor Bill de Blasio. “Citi Bike is a new transit option with the capacity to empower communities and fight inequality, so we are committed to bringing these docking stations further uptown to an even wider and more diverse audience – which I am proud to say is what we will be doing in the months ahead.”
“Nothing symbolizes the vitality of the nation’s largest bike-share network better than new docks in new neighborhoods,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “As the program gets even further uptown in Manhattan, Citi Bike will be perfectly complementing the newest additions to DOT’s growing 1,000-mile network of protected bike lanes – including on Amsterdam Avenue and on 2nd Avenue. With a new transportation option that is fast, easy and affordable, neighborhoods can look forward to celebrating even more new stations.”
This round of expansion will add a total of 140 docking stations to the city’s streets, with additional expansion in Brooklyn. By the end of 2016, Citi Bike will comprise more than 600 docking stations and 10,000 bikes – up from 6,000 bikes in its initial launch in 2013. By 2017, the system will fully double in size to 12,000 bikes.
“We are thrilled to be able to continue bringing Citi Bike to scale across New York City,” said Jay Walder, President & CEO of Motivate, the operators of Citi Bike. “Bike share is a great resource for the city’s residents and visitors alike – making commutes flexible, fun, and fast. Our hope is that as more blue bikes arrive on city streets, that everyone will give it a try.”