Bike Share Fever: Citi Bike Rides Pass the Quarter-Million Mark

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Sam Levin
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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3 comments
Laney Bizzle
Laney Bizzle

I'm happy these CitiBikes exist. I now have someone to judge. Owned a bike in NY for the last ten years and counting. #realbiker #citibikesucks

MoreBikesPlease
MoreBikesPlease

Its great that we've collectively traveled a distance equivalent to traveling to another universe, but I'd like a little more dependability here on planet Earth.  I've had issues about 25% of the time.  That is a far more important number to me.

DOT has also lost a lot of credibility with this.  In addition to the high level of operational problems, the Wall Street Journal says there are only 4,500 bikes (as does a website called oobrien), but DOT says there are 6,000 bikes.  


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