NYC Bike Share Ridership Topped 10 Million in 2015
Citi Bike riders have taken 10 million trips in 2015, shattering 2014's previous record of 8,092,952 trips, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.
New York City's bike share program, Citi Bike, set a new record of 10 million trips taken in 2015, breaking 2014's previous record of 8,092,952 trips, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Dec. 31. This makes Citi Bike one of North America's most-used bike share programs; a chart included in the mayor's announcement said compared the New York program (7,500 bikes, 460 stations, 10 million trips in 2015) with London (Santander Cycle Hire, 10,000 bikes, 700 stations, 9.9 million trips) and Mexico City (ECOBICI, 6,600 bikes, 444 stations, 8.85 million trips).
More than 24 million trips have been made on Citi Bike since the program launched.
"We worked hard to put Citi Bike back on solid footing and expand the system to new neighborhoods. The new leadership at Motivate has done incredible work making this a public transit option New Yorkers can rely upon, and today’s 10 millionth ride is a testament to their success. The future of public bike sharing in New York City is looking brighter than ever," de Blasio said.
The city worked with Motivate in 2015 to improve Citi Bike operations and expand to new neighborhoods. "The improvements we’ve made to the system have drawn more and more New Yorkers to Citi Bike as a fun and healthy way to get around the city," said Motivate President & CEO Jay Walder. "Citi Bike is committed to growing this program, to bring people to more and more places, and to continue to make the rider experience even better every day."
"We knew Citi Bike would be sustainable, convenient, and innovative, but no one could have predicted just how quickly it would become part of the fabric of New York City," said Citi Head of Public Affairs Edward Skyler. "Ten million rides in 2015 is a fantastic milestone and with the program continuing to expand into new neighborhoods, we are excited for even bigger things in 2016."
The program is projected to expand to 12,000 bikes and more than 700 stations by the end of 2017. Currently it offers bikes at 470 stations in Manhattan below 86th Street, in several Brooklyn neighborhoods, and in Long Island City, Queens. Annual members receive an electronic key to undock a bike from any station, allowing unlimited trips up to 45 minutes without incurring any additional costs. Twenty-four-hour and seven-day access passes are available for purchase at any Citi Bike station and provide unlimited 30-minute trips.