Bike Boom Shows No Signs Of Slowing As Citi Bike Sets New Ridership Records


Beautiful spring climate and the rising tempo of reopening has been a serious boon for New York Metropolis’s bike-share program, based on new information launched by Citi Bike.

Cyclists took 631,314 rides on Citi Bike final week, smashing an all time report for the eight-year-old bike share program. Each Friday and Saturday noticed consecutive single day highs, with 103,159 and and 118,590 rides, respectively.

Amongst final week’s riders was Mayor Invoice de Blasio, who took a leisurely spin by means of Manhattan on Tuesday, earlier than pledging to construct 30 miles of protected bike lanes this 12 months (the town got here up in need of an equivalent objective final 12 months.)

“We noticed a motorbike growth throughout New York Metropolis,” the mayor stated. “We wish to maintain it rolling, we wish to maintain it rising.”

The surge in ridership comes as Citi Bike continues its growth into the boroughs. However whereas new docks have appeared this 12 months in Astoria, Sundown Park, and Inwood, some have criticized the system’s progress as too sluggish.

Even after a section three growth is accomplished in 2023, huge swaths of the city will stay unconnected from the bike share community.

4 Democratic mayoral candidates — Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia, Dianne Morales, and Scott Stringer — lately instructed Streetsblog they might help subsidizing Citi Bike, which is owned by Lyft, and has to date acquired no metropolis cash.

By comparability, the NYC Ferry system, which carries simply 9,000 riders every day, is about to obtain $600 million in taxpayer cash within the coming years.