Summer cruising is about to get even sweeter with a huge new Citi Bike expansion, which is set to begin in August. The popular bike share program is set to hit even more neighborhoods, bringing blue bike stations to Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. The 139 additional stations will feature new and improved software and hardware and should roll out just in time to facilitate some late summer biking adventures.
Citi Bike has not expanded its bike sharing program since it first launched in 2013–until now. The Department of Transportation recently teased us by announcing that 39 new Citi Bike stations would hit the Upper East Side and Upper West Side, but happily that wasn’t the whole story! In total, the new Manhattan stations will bring 48 new bike hubs, and be located on both the East and West sides up to 86th Street.
Long Island City will also be getting stations for the bike share program, although only twelve stations will be installed at this time. The main areas of expansion are centered in areas of Brooklyn where the population is booming. Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bed Stuy will collectively share 79 new Citi Bike stations to accommodate the nabes’ rising real estate values.
Expect to find the new docks and bikes soon starting in early August. This 2015 expansion coincides with the overall Citi Bike plan, which sees the bike share doubling in size in 2017. You can check out where all Citi Bikes, including the new ones, are located here.