Citi Bike to expand into the Bronx
Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced Tuesday that Citi Bike is expanding into the Bronx.
Phase 3 of the bike sharing program will double the current service area by 35 square miles and triple the number of bikes over the next five years.
Twenty-five new docking stations are currently being installed in East Williamsburg, Bushwich and parts of Queens. The next phase calls for it to be expanded in upper Manhattan, parts of Brooklyn and in the South Bronx – including Mott Haven, Melrose, Port Morris, Highbridge, Claremont, Morrisania, Longwood, Concourse and Mount Eden.
The bike sharing program recently came under fire for its lack of diversity. A report found that Citi Bike was mostly available in affluent neighborhoods and lacking in low income and minority communities. City leaders say the new expansion will make the program accessible to all New York riders.
The expansion will be implemented over the next five years through a $100 million investment from Lyft, which operates Citi Bike.