Citi Bike is New York City's bike sharing system. Intended to provide New Yorkers and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around the city, bike sharing is fun, efficient and convenient.
A bike sharing system consists of a fleet of specially designed, sturdy, very durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations sited at regular intervals around a city. The bikes can be rented from and then returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible points and combinations of departure and arrival.
With thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations, Citi Bike is available for use 24 hours a day, all year 'round. The station network provides twice as many docking points as bicycles, assuring that an available dock to return your bike is always nearby.
Citi Bike is operated by NYC Bike Share LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alta Bicycle Share. Alta is a unique company focused solely on operating large-scale bike share systems. System equipment is provided by Public Bike System Company (PBSC), which created the first solar-powered bike share system in the world, and has close to 20,000 bikes on the street globally. Bike systems in the Alta/PBSC family include Washington, D.C./Arlington, VA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Melbourne, Australia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, Canada.
The History of Citi Bike
NYC DOT announces the selection of Alta Bicycle Share as the bike share operator for New York City, kicking off an unprecedented public input process.
NYC DOT and NYC Bike Share announce the system name Citi Bike, with Citibank as the title sponsor and MasterCard as the Preferred Payment Partner.
Expected launch of Citi Bike with thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.
About the Operator
Citi Bike will be operated by NYC Bike Share, a wholly owned subsidy of Alta Bicycle Share, Inc., an American firm that is the only company in the world focused on operating large-scale bike share systems. Alta designed, launched, and operates Capital Bikeshare in Washington DC and Arlington VA, Hubway in Boston, Melbourne Bike Share in Melbourne, Australia and Bike Chattanooga in Chattanooga, TN.
About the Manufacturer
Public Bike System Company (PBSC, also known as Bixi) created the first large-scale solar-power bikeshare system in the world, launching their 3,000 bike system in Montreal in 2008 (it has expanded to 5,000 bikes since). It is portable, wirelessly integrated and sturdy enough to handle the demands of New York’s urban environment. PBSC is Alta Bicycle Share’s supplier in bringing best-in-class technology and equipment to bike share systems that it operates around the world including Melbourne, AU; Washington, D.C; and Boston, MA. Over 14,600 PBSC bikes are used every day, across the globe.
In 2008, the PBSC Bike Share System was named the 19th Best Invention of 2008 by Time Magazine – only 1 place behind the NASA Mars Mission Rover. In addition, PBSC has also recently been awarded the GOLD Award for best product of 2009 in the Energy & Sustainability category of the prestigious Edison Best New Products Awards. In 2009, PBSC won the Bronze Prize (transport category) from the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). In 2011, PBSC was also awarded the Good Design gold medal for environmental products. The Good Design Award is the World's Most Prestigious Global Awards for New Product Design and Graphics. It is awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Bike Share Systems in our Family
New York joins a growing list of cities offering bike sharing to its citizens and visitors. Explore other cities with bike share programs with the PBSC system and take advantage of the opportunity to discover a new city on two wheels when you travel!