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Bike Share: Citi Bike

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Establishing a bike share program


Citi Bike includes a fleet of over 6,000 bicycles at more than 300 bike share stations across Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, with a projected expansion to 10,000 bicycles and 600 stations. As of 2013, Citi Bike had more than 94,000 members.  In its first 5 months of operation, riders took more than 5 million Citi Bike trips. Memberships starts at $9.95 per day or $95 per year. The initial system rollout experienced some issues with station placement, including complaints of displacement of vendors and lawsuits related to inaccessibility issues for emergency vehicles.  Citi Bike addressed the complaints through public outreach, and by relocating some stations. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, 70% of New Yorkers support Citi Bike.

Citi Bike Station (Photo:

Citi Bike Station (Photo:

Bike sharing systems consist of a fleet of shared bicycles often accessible with an electronic key or fob. Bicycles are docked at network of stations sited at regular intervals around a city, creating an efficient network with many possible points and combinations of departure and arrival. Bike sharing is growing rapidly. In the US, 2013 had a 90% increase in new bike sharing systems over the previous year. As of 2013, 678 cities worldwide have deployed bike share systems. In addition, 186 cities worldwide are planning future bike share systems (Metrobike.)

Project Location :

New York City, NY, USA

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Citi Bike is operated by NYC Bike Share LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alta Bicycle Share. Other partners include NYC DOT
Sponsors: Citibank and Mastercard
Operator: Alta Bicycle Share, Inc
Bikeshare Equipment Manufacturer: Public Bike System Company (Bixi)

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