Bike Share Fever: Citi Bike Rides Pass the Quarter-Million Mark
700,000 miles. That's the lengthy equivalent of about 280,000 Central Parks. Or a little more than 50,000 Manhattans from the bottom up. It's also the amount of miles CitiBike users--who have now clocked in over 250,000 rides--have covered in three weeks' time.
The most expansive bike share in the country now has 40,000 annual members, in addition to 32,000 riders who have signed up for either $4 single-day passes or a weekly since June 2 -- the day the program opened to the public.
All in all, that's a solid force of nearly 75,000 New Yorkers taking the metallic blue cruisers out for a spin. And, seeing as a majority of members are in for the year-long haul, Citi Bike is certainly not a tourist attraction.
The recent Department of Transportation numbers released yesterday show a program that seems to be growing in immense popularity by the day. Despite conservative backlash and community concern, that popularity confirms that Citi Bike has a totally invested target market. Luckily, the widening base of support will be supplemented with a second round of station openings in South Brooklyn and Queens as the program moves further into the no-longer-taxi-less outer boroughs.
So put your criticisms of traffic troubles and totalitarian tendencies aside for a second (especially after realizing that you're fuming over an inanimate object). Because New Yorkers love Citi Bikes. Plain and simple.
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