Friday, September 9, 2016


  Nation’s largest bike share system hits 60,000 riders for first time on Wednesday, climbs to 61,266 by Thursday
  Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that Citi Bike, New York City's bike-share system, broke new daily ridership records twice this week. For the first time, more than 60,000 Citi Bike rides were taken on Wednesday, with the total number reaching 60,278. By Thursday, that number climbed to 61,266. With more than 9 million rides taken so far in 2016, Citi Bike should exceed the annual record of 10 million rides it achieved during 2015 sometime within the next month.

“Now that it is reaching even more and more diverse neighborhoods in New York City, Citi Bikes are being ridden in record numbers – breaking 60,000 rides for the first time on Wednesday and then hitting a new daily record of 61,266 rides yesterday,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “With 565 stations and counting in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, Citi Bike is growing and we remain committed to bringing this great transit alternative to even more New Yorkers in the years ahead.”

“In Brooklyn neighborhoods like Park Slope, where Citi Bikes arrived only in the last two weeks, they have become so well-used and popular, it’s already hard to remember what it was like without them,” saidTransportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “Getting around brownstone Brooklyn – along with other new Citi Bike neighborhoods like East Harlem and Red Hook – has never been so easy, convenient and affordable.”

"With this new 60,000 trip milestone, Citi Bike is the busiest bike share system in North America and one of the busiest across the globe,” said Jay Walder, CEO of Motivate, which operates Citi Bike. “The system is becoming not just a leader in bike share internationally, but a leader in transit right here in New York – on par with green cabs or the Staten Island Ferry. It is a useful part of our City's transit network, and we encourage everyone to strap on a helmet and give it a try." 

About Citi Bike 
The Citi Bike program is New York’s bike share system. It will have 10,000 bikes at over 600 stations by the end of 2016. Stations are located in Manhattan below 86th Street and in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint, and in Long Island City, Queens, with stations located every few blocks. The program is expanding this year into Harlem, Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, and Red Hook. Annual members receive an electronic key to undock a bike from any station, allowing unlimited trips up to 45 minutes without incurring any additional costs. Twenty-four-hour passes are available for purchase at any Citi Bike station or through the Citi Bike app, and provide unlimited 30-minute trips. Reduced cost memberships are available for NYCHA residents and members of select credit unions throughout the city, and for IDNYC holders in their first year of membership. For more info visit:

When you visit the expansion website above you read - 'We’ll be adding more stations to the Upper East Side & Upper West Side in Manhattan and Jersey City, and moving into new Brooklyn neighborhoods'.  
My question is then - When did Jersey City become part of New York City? After all, isn't New York City subsidising the Citi Bike program?

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