New York City is about to get even more cyclist-friendly. Citi Bike plans to bring its signature bike share system to the 2.3 million residents of Queens in early August.
The first station will be located in Long Island City as part of a larger effort to expand the system across New York. Citi Bike plans to double in size over the next two years.
August will also see further Citi Bike expansion into Brooklyn with 91 new stations in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. The company launched in 2013 and hopes to grow its network from 6,000 to 12,000 bikes in this wave.
Jay Walder, President and CEO of Motivate, which operates Citi Bike, explained the company’s decision.
“Citi Bike is already the largest and most popular bike share system in the country – now more New Yorkers than ever will be able to travel when and where they want with the flexibility and convenience of Citi Bike,” he said. “This is the next step in our commitment to deliver a bigger and better Citi Bike with updated technology, a new and improved bicycle and now hundreds of new stations. We are hard at work continuing to improve Citi Bike and ensure that it is accessible to more communities around the city.”
Manhattan will also see more stations. The Upper East Side and Upper West Side will soon see 48 new stations from 59th Street to 86th Street.
Annual membership of Citi Bike includes unlimited 45-minute rides for $149 and some organizations, like the NYC Housing Authority and Community Development Credit Unions qualify for group rates.
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