After a group bike ride to City Hall led by Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Citi Bike announced that it is taking part in a new nationwide campaign to shrink the gender gap in cycling and is partnering with Girl Up to help more girls around the world ride towards education and a better future.
“Biking in a city can certainly be intimidating, as anyone who has ridden the streets of New York can testify to. But as a lifelong rider myself, I know that women face increased barriers to entry because of the additional precautions they already have to take when traveling alone through a big city. A key step towards solving this challenge is to increase safe bicycle infrastructure, and I want to commend Citi Bike for the work they do in helping to ease the path to biking safely and in bringing attention to this issue,” said Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Co-Chair of the Council’s Women’s Caucus.
“More women have discovered cycling in New York City, finding it an affordable, sustainable and fun way to get around,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “DOT wants even more women on bikes, so we have installed a record number of protected bike lanes, which we have found boost the number of female cyclists. We’re thrilled to take part in today’s ride to kick off Women’s Bike Month, and we thank Council Member Rivera, Motivate and Girl Up for helping women embrace this great way to get around the five boroughs.”
For more information, please see Motivate's full press release.