From the Office of the Mayor:
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that starting today, dockless bike share pilot had arrived in The Bronx, bringing bike share for the first time to all five boroughs. Starting today, riders will be able to use the JUMP mobile app to rent bicycles within the greater Fordham area (see map at bottom of release). And beginning in mid-August, Citi Bike will also arrive in the pilot area as well. At a morning rollout, NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg was joined by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr, and dockless company executives outside Tremont Park.
“For the first time ever, we truly have five borough bike share, with dockless bikes hitting the streets in the Bronx,” said Mayor de Blasio. “We are making the city more accessible by providing residents another way to get around.”
“With the arrival of JUMP and Citi Bike to the Fordham area of the Bronx, every New York City borough now has bike share” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “The neighborhoods around Fordham comprise the vital center of this borough, with many great cultural destinations -- the Bronx Zoo, the Botanical Garden, and Fordham University. Dockless bike share is sure to provide this area’s residents and visitors with healthy and sustainable connections to them all.”
For the Bronx dockless pilot, JUMP will offer 200 pedal-assist bikes, followed by 200 dockless Citi Bikes, expected to arrive by mid-August. JUMP’s bikes are priced at $2 for a 30-minute ride. Dockless Citi Bikes will also be priced at $2 per half-hour trip, and current annual Citi Bike members will be able to unlock and take unlimited 45-minute rides on the dockless bikes, which must remain within the Bronx pilot area. Citi Bike members may not ride from the docked service area to the Bronx, nor from the Bronx to the docked service area.
To use dockless bike share in the Bronx, riders should download the JUMP Bikes and/or Citi Bike app on a mobile phone (JUMP bikes are also available to rent via the Uber app). When done riding, riders should closely follow instructions for locking bikes — being sure to leave them in locations that are safe and accessible to future riders. The bikes should be parked at a bike rack or on the sidewalk -- in line with other street furniture. Bikes should never be left in the street nor should they be parked where they are blocking sidewalks, intersections, doorways, ramps, or driveways.
The Bronx’s Fordham area is the third of four New York City pilot areas hosting dockless bike share. Earlier this month, the Rockaways became the first community to host dockless bikes, with the companies Lime and Pace providing coverage. Last Thursday, Mayor de Blasio announced the second installment of the pilot on Staten Island’s North Shore. Later this year, Coney Island in Brooklyn will also host a pilot with dockless bikes supplied by operators still to be determined.
Increased Access and Outreach: Both companies have announced plans to increase access to bike share as part of the pilot. The companies currently offer pay-as-you-go options with very modest up-front financial commitment. In addition, the companies offer these programs:
- “JUMP Boost” – The JUMP Boost Plan, at $5/month, allows participants to purchase 60 minutes of ride time per day every day ($.07/minute after the initial 60 minutes). JUMP Boost is available to New York City Housing Authority Residents and anyone currently enrolled in one of the following programs: Access NYC Heat and Utility Assistance; or NYC SNAP. JUMP Bikes has partnered with PayNearMe to provide Boost plan members the chance to add cash to their accounts by visiting nearby retailers. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1 (833)-300-6106.
- Citi Bike SNAP discount – Earlier this month, Mayor de Blasio, DOT and HRA announced that Citi Bike would become more accessible by expanding their $5 per month membership, previously only available to NYCHA residents, to New Yorkers who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. To apply for this discount, SNAP recipients can visit the Citi Bike website at https://www.citibikenyc.com/pricing/ and enter their EBT card number or NYCHA tenant ID
Learn more via the press release.
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