Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Citi Bike is introducing 200 pedal assist bicycles into its fleet. City Hall staff celebrated with an inaugural ride with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L Adams and City Bike representatives, who rode the new bikes over the Brooklyn Bridge from City Hall to Brooklyn Borough Hall for City Hall in Your Borough. The Administration had previously announced that pedal-assist Citi Bikes, which provide an electric boost that make it easier to climb hills and travel longer distances, would play a critical role in next year’s L train tunnel closure.
“Today’s pedal-assist bike ride signifies a new era of cycling for New Yorkers who love Citi Bike,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “Cycling is not only fun, it’s an affordable, healthy and sustainable way of getting around – and on pedal-assist bikes, it is even faster and easier. Citi Bike members who find these new bikes will quickly see why these bikes will prove so important in next year’s L train tunnel disruption, as we work to move even more New Yorkers over the East River on two wheels.”
“As an avid cyclist, it’s great to roll into City Hall’s week in Brooklyn on two wheels, with an assist from our new pedal-assist Citi Bikes. This safe and eco-friendly mode of transportation has been particularly useful for immigrant workers and seniors across the five boroughs, and its inclusion in our bike share program helps make us a more inclusive city,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “Not only will pedal-assist bicycles play a meaningful role in mitigating the impact of the L train shutdown, it will expand the accessibility and attractiveness of biking in New York City.”
Learn more via the press release.