Petition seeks Citi Bikes in the Bronx, Staten Island
A group of Bronx residents wants to roll out Citi Bike service in the borough, according to a new petition that's garnered more than a hundred signatures to make it happen.
"Citi Bike is a more affordable transportation," says Erwin Figueroa, of Transportation Alternatives. "Citi Bike is cheaper than a monthly MetroCard."
Citi Bike memberships cost $150 a year, but Figueroa says the price drops to $5 a month for NYCHA residents.
The shared bicycles are already popular elsewhere in New York City -- and even parts of New Jersey, according to the website DNAinfo -- but the Bronx and Staten Island have been left behind.
The petition has just about 130 signatures so far, out of the required 5,000. But the city Department of Transportation says that both the city and the private operator of Citi Bike are interested in expanding the program. The DOT says preliminary discussions on how to do that will take place in the future.