News & Events Archive

Mayor de Blasio Announces Dramatic Expansion Of Citi Bike

A row of Citi Bikes. All bikes are out of focus, except one in the middle.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that New York City had reached an agreement with Lyft to dramatically expand Citi Bike, the nation's largest bike share program.

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#GridLockAlert: Citi Bike Offering Discounts During 2018 Holiday Gridlock Days

A row of queued at a traffic light. Next to them, two women on Citi Bike ride on a protected bike lane near Union Square

Citi Bike is offering 25% off their popular 3-Day passes from November 21st through November 28th, as well as December 12th through 21st.

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New Milestone: Citi Bike Reaches 70 Million Rides Since Launch in 2013!

A graph showing the total amount of Citi Bike rides since launch. Citi Bike reached 60 million rides in June of 2018.

Since 2013, New Yorkers have ridden 123 million miles and burned 5 billion calories (equal to 18 million slices of pizza!) pizza emoji

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NYC DOT Dockless Bike Share Pilot Program Extended by 90 Days

Two guys riding bikes, going towards the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. One man is in casual clothing and on a JUMP bike. The other man is in business-casual attire , riding a Lime Bike.

NYC DOT’s dockless bike share pilot, which aims to test the newest technology in the bike share industry, will be extended for at least another 90 days.

“DOT has extended Lime’s pilot operations by another 90-day period for the purpose of further evaluation. Motivate and JUMP have also been offered the same extension for 90 days from each company’s start date," according to DOT spokesperson Alana Morales.

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Citi Bike Announces Discount on Membership for Military/Veterans

A Citi Bike under a stars & stripes banner.

In appreciation of the women and men who have served, Citi Bike is offering new and renewing members $35 off annual memberships to all active, reservist, veteran and retired US military personnel.

In honor of Veterans Day 2018, the first 100 customers who sign up from November 12th through the 18th will receive a Citi Bike helmet in addition to the $35 discount when signing up for an annual membership.

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BIKE TO VOTE: Motivate Announces Free Rides on Election Day on Citi Bike, Eight Other Bike Share Systems Across the Country

A Citi Bike Station located in Astoria, Queens.

Rides in nine urban bike share systems across the country will be free on Election Day, North America’s leading bike share operator Motivate announced today. With a lack of transportation options shown to be a major barrier to voting, Motivate’s new effort aims to provide Americans in some of the country’s largest cities with a no-cost, quick and convenient way to get to the polls on November 6th.

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Free Ride Day - October 13th

A Citi Bike next to large letters saying "October 13: Free Ride Day"

The Citi Bike program will be free on Saturday, October 13, in celebration of Healthfirst’s recent sponsorship of bike share access for low-income New Yorkers, NYC DOT, Citi Bike, and Healthfirst leadership announced today. Free day passes will be available in the Citi Bike app and at https://www.citibikenyc.com/freerideday, providing New Yorkers with unlimited free rides up to 30 minutes each throughout Saturday, October 13.

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Council Member Carlina Rivera, NYC DOT, Citi Bike Kick Off Women’s Bike Month, Announce Partnership with Girl Up

A young girl on a bike. next to her, text reads "Free Ride for a friend. New Bike for her."

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.

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2nd Annual Party on Park!

E 121st St and Park Ave. There are dozens of people walking and visiting the various booths set up.

Thanks for all who came out for Party on the Park this past Sunday, September 30th.  Citi Bike & Uptown Grand Central partnered to throw this event. The event closed Park Ave (between 118th and 125th Sts) to cars and opened to people on bikes and walking. There were booths throughout Park Ave, offering face-painting, yoga classes and free Citi Bike rides! Here are a few photos from the event.  

 

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Fighting Congestion: DOT Announces Expansion of “Gridlock Alert"; Citi Bike Offers Gridlock Discount

A graphic showing many cars stuck in traffic. It states that "Trips in Manhattan will take 3 times longer. Please walk, bike or take public transportation."

The New York City Department of Transportation announced today that New York City would for the first time expand the City’s Gridlock Alert days to this year include the week of the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled for September 24th to October 1st. Data from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) note that travel speeds in the Midtown Central Business District on those days are slower than on the ten traditional Gridlock Alert days around the November and December holidays.

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De Blasio Administration and Brooklyn Borough President Adams Celebrate City Hall in Your Borough With a Ceremonial Ride Over the Brooklyn Bridge on New Pedal-Assist Citi Bikes

Brooklyn Borough President Adams in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall, surrounded by Pedal Assist Citi Bikes. 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. Read More

Five Borough Bike Share: Mayor de Blasio Welcomes Dockless Bicycles to the Bronx

Bronx 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. Read More

Mayor Welcomes Dockless Bicycles to Staten Island

Staten Island Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City’s dockless bicycle pilot would continue today on Staten Island’s North Shore, as two different companies begin operations this week under a program managed by DOT. Starting today, riders will be able to use the Lime or JUMP mobile apps to rent bicycles all along the North Shore and down the east shore to South Beach (see map at bottom of release) -- the second area outside Citi Bike’s service area to experience bike share. DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg was joined for the announcement by Council Member Debi Rose, dockless company executives and community leaders at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. Read More

Dockless Bike Share Update: DOT Announces that Citi Bike will Join Pilot Program this Summer in the Bronx

citi bike Dockless Citi Bikes will be on streets of Fordham neighborhood by mid-August; Withdrawal from the pilot by another company, ofo, led to the change. Read More

Mayor Announces Low-Cost Citi Bike Membership will be Available to all SNAP Recipients

Citi Bike For All This change will allow hundreds of thousands of NYC SNAP recipients to be automatically eligible for Citi Bike at $5 per month, expanding access to an affordable transit option. Read More

Mayor de Blasio Welcomes First Dockless Bikes to the Rockaways

Rockaways Mayor Bill de Blasio today welcomed New York City’s first-ever dockless bicycles to the Rockaways, as two different companies began operations under a pilot program managed by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The Mayor was joined by elected officials and dockless company executives along the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk. Starting today, riders can use the Lime or Pace mobile apps to rent bicycles all along the Rockaway peninsula, the first time that a community outside Citi Bike’s service area is experiencing bike share. Read More

Five-Borough Bike Share: Dot Names Five Dockless Bike Share Companies

Four maps depicting the dockless  bike share of pilot areas in the Fordham area of the Bronx, North Shore of Staten Island, Coney Island in Brooklyn, and the Rockaways in Queens.

The New York City Department of Transportation today named the five companies that would begin to offer dockless bike share later this month in neighborhoods in boroughs outside Manhattan. Regular pedal bikes will be supplied by the companies Lime, Motivate, ofo, or Pace. Those bikes will be supplemented in each community by pedal-assist models offered by either JUMP or Lime. By mid-July, bikes are expected to arrive in the Rockaways in Queens, followed by the central Bronx and Staten Island. Later this year, Coney Island in Brooklyn will also host a pilot.

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Mayor de Blasio Announces that in Advance of L Train Disruption, Citi Bike will Increase Coverage in Many of its Busiest Areas

Polly Next year, Citi Bike will add approximately 1,250 new bikes – about a 10 percent expansion – while also adding roughly 2,500 docks in Manhattan and Williamsburg; Other new plans introduced to aid in anticipated surge in cycling expected during L train tunnel closure. Read More

Fifth Anniversary of Citi Bike in New York City

close up of citi bike frames Citi Bike will celebrate its fifth anniversary as the nation’s largest bike-share system. Motivate, Citi Bike’s operator, will celebrate this milestone in Prospect Park on Sunday, May 27. Since it's launch in 2013, the system has doubled in size to 12,000 bikes with the amount of stations more than doubling to 750. Read More

Five-Borough Bike Share: Mayor de Blasio Announces Dockless Bike Share Pilot This Summer

Four maps depicting the dockless  bike share of pilot areas in the Fordham area of the Bronx, North Shore of Staten Island, Coney Island in Brooklyn, and the Rockaways in Queens. Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced neighborhoods in boroughs outside Manhattan that would host dockless bike share pilots this summer. Starting in July, the pilots will roll out in two beach communities that have not been reached by bike share: Coney Island in Brooklyn and the Rockaways in Queens. Later in the summer, the two boroughs to never before host a bike share program, the Bronx and Staten Island, will receive bike share pilots, in the neighborhood near Fordham University in the Bronx and on Staten Island’s North Shore. Read More

Bike Share Equity Concept Paper

Better Bike Share DOT Bike Share is pleased to present the Bike Share Equity Concept Paper released March 21, 2018 and invites you to comment on the approach it outlines. This Concept Paper serves as a precursor to the Bike Share Equity Request for Proposal (RFP), which is anticipated to be released later this spring through the HHS Accelerator system. Read More

Five-Borough Bike Share: NYCDOT Plans to Expand Public Bike Share with New Dockless Technology

5 boros Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that NYC DOT has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) that could bring bike sharing to outer-borough neighborhoods that Citi Bike has not yet reached – including in the Bronx and on Staten Island. The RFEI seeks innovative companies and ideas around next-generation “dockless” public bike share systems. The City will continue to support and strengthen Citi Bike, and prioritize new systems that complement existing service. Read More

Party on Park!

Party on Park On Sunday, October 1st, NYC DOT joined NHEMA, Uptown Grand Central, BHC, Citi Bike, El Barrio Bikes, NYC Health, East Harlem and numerous other groups to Party on Park for a car-free event on Park Avenue between 125th and 118th Streets. Read More

Citi Bike Begins Fall 2017 Expansion into New Neighborhoods

Docking a Citi Bike NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and Jay Walder, President & CEO of Citi Bike operator Motivate announced today that Citi Bike is continuing its expansion this fall, starting September 12th, bringing 2,000 new bikes and 140 new stations to three boroughs: Harlem up to 130th Street in Manhattan (CB9, CB 10 & CB11); Astoria and Long Island City in Queens (CB1 & CB2); and Crown Heights and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn (CB8 & CB9). This year’s growth fulfills a commitment to double the bike-share system’s size by the end of 2017. Read More

Final Maps Released for Bike Share Expansion in Manhattan CB9 and CB10

Thumbnail_MN CB 9_Final Plan Map NYC DOT conducted an extensive participatory planning and outreach campaign with the local communities in Morningside Heights and Harlem to select Citi Bike locations. Per the program’s siting guidelines, this process included more than twenty-five meetings and events with Community Boards 9 and 10, local elected officials, area institutions, BIDs, and other community organizations. From public workshops to community presentations, DOT actively engaged with the community and listened to their concerns and comments. Read More

Final Map Released for Bike Share Expansion in Long Island City (Queens CB2)

Scaled down iamge NYC DOT conducted an extensive participatory planning and outreach campaign with the local community to select additional Citi Bike locations in Long Island City over the last year. This process, per the program’s siting guidelines, included more than a dozen meetings and events with Community Board 2, local elected officials, area institutions, BIDs, and other community organizations. From public workshops to community presentations, DOT actively engaged with the community and listened to their concerns and comments. Read More

Final Map Released for Bike Share Expansion in Astoria (Queens CB1)

QNS CB 1_Final Plan Map_Thumbnail NYC DOT conducted an extensive participatory planning and outreach campaign with the local community to select Citi Bike locations in Astoria last fall. Per the program’s siting guidelines, this process included more than eighteen meetings and events with Community Board 1, local elected officials, area institutions, BIDS, and other community organizations. Through public workshops and community presentations, DOT actively engaged with the community and listened to concerns and comments. Read More

Final Map Released for Bike Share Expansion in Brooklyn CB8 and CB9

Thumbnail_BK CB 8 9_Final Plan Map NYC DOT conducted an extensive participatory planning and outreach campaign with local communities in Prospect Heights and Crown Heights to select Citi Bike locations. Per the program’s siting guidelines, this process included more than twenty meetings and events with Community Boards 8 and 9, local elected officials, area institutions, BIDs, and other community organizations. From public workshops to community presentations, DOT actively engaged with the community and listened to their concerns and comments. Read More

Community Planning Workshop: Queens CB2

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Community Planning Workshop: Queens CB1

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Community Planning Workshop: Brooklyn CB 8 and CB 9

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Final Map Released for Bike Share Expansion in Brooklyn CB6

Final Map Released for Bike Share Expansion in Brooklyn CB6

NYC DOT conducted an extensive participatory planning and outreach campaign with Community Board 6 neighborhoods to select Citi Bike stations starting in spring 2012 and again in summer 2015. This process, per the program’s siting guidelines, included more than 30 meetings and events with CB6, local elected officials, area institutions, BIDs and other community organizations.

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Community Planning Workshop: Manhattan CB 9

Community Planning Workshop Update: Photos from the workshop are up on our Flickr! Read More

Community Planning Workshop: Manhattan CB 10

Community Planning Workshop Update: Photos from the workshop are up on our Flickr! Read More

Final Maps Released for Bike Share Expansion in Manhattan CB7 and CB8

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NYC DOT conducted an extensive participatory planning and outreach campaign with local communities to select Citi Bike locations on the Upper East and Upper West Sides in late 2014 and early 2015. This process, per the program’s siting guidelines, included more than 50 meetings and events with Community Boards 7 and 8, local elected officials, area institutions, BIDs, and other community organizations.

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Community Planning Workshop: Manhattan CB 11

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Community Planning Workshop: Brooklyn CB 6

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Community Planning Workshop: Manhattan CB 8

Community Planning Workshop Update: Photos from the workshop are up on our Flickr! Read More

Community Planning Workshop: Manhattan CB7

Community Planning Workshop Update: Photos from the workshop are up on our Flickr! Read More

Citi Bike is Expanding!

Citi Bike station in Queens You’ve probably already heard the news: bike share is expanding to more boroughs! Back in October 2014, NYC DOT, Alta Bicycle Share and Citi Bike announced an agreement between New York City and Alta Bicycle Share to operate, improve, and double the size of the largest bike share program in North America. Read More

Citi Bike is Here!

Citi Bike station Citi Bike officially launched to annual members on Monday, May 27. As of 5 p.m., members had made more than 6,000 bike trips, and traveled over 13,000 miles – greater than half the Earth’s circumference! Visit Citi Bike’s blog for more stats, facts and tips. Read More

Where You’ll See Bike Share Stations

Citi Bike As CitiBike begins station installation around town, you’ll notice that they’re located in different places. These locations were selected through an extensive public process and each community selected the locations that worked best for their needs. Read More

Suggestion Archive

Location suggestions As of the spring of 2013, New Yorkers contributed over 10,000 suggestions and 65,000 votes for where the initial Citi Bike stations should go. Read More

NYC Bike Share: Designed by New Yorkers

NYC Bike Share Planning for the bike share system in New York City involved one of the most extensive community planning processes in the city’s history. This included 400 meetings and a website that received over 10,000 suggestions and 55,000 clicks of support for station locations. Read More

Citi Bike Station Map

Location suggestions Citi Bike will be the largest bike share system in North America, with 600 stations and 10,000 bikes. DOT invited New Yorkers to help shape the system, and we received tens of thousands of ideas on our online suggestion map, and many more in community workshops throughout the service area. Read More

How it Works

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Citi Bike will give New Yorkers access to sturdy, safe bikes at self-service docking stations around the city. People can use the bikes by becoming long- or short-term members. Annual members enroll online and receive a touch pass for unlocking bikes. For one- or seven-day memberships, users can sign up at any station kiosk with a credit card. The bikes can be returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible points and combinations of departure and arrival. With membership, users can take an unlimited number of trips.

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Citi Bike to Launch in NYC

Citi Bike NYC DOT and NYC Bicycle Share are happy to announce that Citi is the official sponsor of the NYC Bike Share system. Private sponsorship, combined with user fees, means that no taxpayer dollars will be used to operate the system in NYC. Read More

Spring 2012: Bike Share Demonstrations

Bike share Demo Throughout the spring, NYC DOT and Alta Bicycle Share will be teaming up to present bike share demonstrations throughout the city. Bike share demonstrations are opportunities for New Yorkers to see how bike share will work. Stop by any demonstration to test ride a bike, check out the bike share equipment, ask questions and give feedback about the program. Read More

Spring 2012: Bike Share Community Board Presentations

NYC This spring DOT will present an overview of plans for Bike Share in New York City to various Community Board in Manhattan and Brooklyn. An operator for the system has been selected and DOT will outline the community engagement process. Read More

Presentación sobre “Bike Share”: El Puente

El Puente Vea una presentación interactiva sobre “Bike Share” (Sistema de bicicletas públicas compartidas) dado por el personal del Departamento de Transporte (DOT) y el Puente Green Light District en El Puente, situado a 289 Grand Street, entre Havemeyer y Roebling Streets, Brooklyn. Aprenda cómo Ud. puede participar, pregúntenos sobre el sistema, y recibe algunas entregas gratuitas. Read More

Spring 2012: Community Planning Workshops

Community Planning Workshop Help us plan in person! Community Workshop season continues! Add your community board workshop to your calendar and come out to support station locations that work for you. Read More

「自行車共用」簡報 (共用公用自行車): Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA)

Two Bridges 自行車共用 Bike Share 簡報:Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) 歡迎蒞臨 Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (地點在 Bayard Street 與 Canal Street 之間的 62 Mott Street) 參加由 DOT 官員舉辦的 自行車共用 Bike Share 簡報中文場。現場將由 DOT 官員進行解說,您將從中瞭解如何參與、提問並獲得精美贈品。Councilmember Margaret Chin 及 Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 合作參與舉辦本次活動。 Read More

Community Workshops Kick Off with Big Turnouts

Work shop map The first of DOT’s Community Workshops were a huge success! Over 100 New Yorkers from Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Clinton, the West Village, Tribeca and SoHo came out to help select locations for Bike Share stations in their respective neighborhoods. Read More

Two Wheel Transit: NYC Bike Share at the Center for Architecture

Two wheel transit Two Wheel Transit: NYC Bike Share opened recently to a standing-room-only crowd with a talk by DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Alta Bicycle Share president Alison Cohen. The exhibition, running through February 4 at the Center for Architecture, features bike share bikes from around the world, plus video and information about bike share systems, as well as showing how bike share will work in New York City. Read More

Winter & Spring 2012: Bike Share Open Houses

Bike grand central This year, NYC DOT and Alta Bicycle Share are bringing bike share indoors! Bike share Open Houses will give New Yorkers the opportunity to learn about the system, check out the bikes, ask questions and give feedback during the cold-weather months. Read More

Presentación sobre “Bike Share”: Grand Street Settlement

Grand Street Settlement ¿Tiene Ud. interés en “Bike Share,” el sistema de bicicletas públicas compartidas lanzando próximamente? Ver una presentación interactiva en español sobre el sistema, dado por el personal del Departamento de Transporte (DOT) a las 18:00-19:00h el jueves 19-enero, en el Grand Street Settlement, situado a 80 Pitt Street, Sala 109 en Manhattan. ¡Aprenda cómo Ud. puede participar, pregunte sobre el sistema, y recibe algunas entregas gratuitas! El personal del DOT estará disponible para sus preguntas. Read More

Winter 2012: Community Planning Workshops

Community Planning Workshop Help us plan in person! Community Workshop season is upon us! Add your community board workshop to your calendar and come out to support station locations that work for you. Read More

Winter 2011: Bike Share Open Houses

Bike grand central This winter, NYC DOT and Alta Bicycle Share are bringing bike share indoors! Bike share Open Houses will give New Yorkers the opportunity to learn about the system, check out the bikes, ask questions and give feedback during the cold-weather months. Read More

New Yorkers Back Bike Share

Demo citi bike station A recent Quinnipiac University Poll revealed that 72% of New Yorkers support bike share. With a 3-1 margin, the poll shows the broad support bike share has already earned here in NYC. Read More

2011: Bike Share Community Board Presentations

NYC DOT will present an overview of plans for Bike Share in New York City to various Community Board in Manhattan and Brooklyn. An operator for the system has been selected and DOT will outline the community engagement process. Read More

Bike Share: An Economic Win for NYC

Bike share Demo New York City is introducing bike share in order to give New Yorkers more options for getting around the city. Did you know that forty percent of all trips in New York are less than one mile and sixty-seven percent of all trips are less than three miles? Bike share will make these trips cheap, easy, efficient and fast. The system will  also give New Yorkers access to a bike when they want one, without having to worry about storage or maintenance. Read More

Station Suggestion Recap

Station location suggestions Thank you, NYC, for your enthusiasm about bike share and your participation so far in helping us plan the system! As of September 20 at 3:30pm, we have received 5,566 individual station nominations and 32,887 support clicks. Read More

Fall 2011: Bike Share Demonstrations

Bike share Demo Throughout the fall, NYC DOT and Alta Bicycle Share will be teaming up to present bike share demonstrations throughout the city. Bike share demonstrations are opportunities for New Yorkers to see how bike share will work. Stop by any demonstration to test ride a bike, check out the bike share equipment, ask questions and give feedback about the program. Read More

September 2011

Alta Bicycle Share NYC DOT announces the selection of Alta Bicycle Share as the bike share operator for New York City, kicking off the public input process. Read More

November 2010

NYC DOT

NYC DOT releases a Request for Proposals to operate a bike share system in New York.

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August 2009

bike share operators

A number of bike share operators demonstrate their systems at Summer Streets

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Spring 2009

Bike Share Opportunities in New York

NYC Department of City Planning releases its bike share feasibility study, Bike Share Opportunities in New York.

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August 2008

NYC DOT

NYC DOT releases a Request for Expressions of Interest in operating a bike share system in New York.

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