Great news for Jersey City bike riders! New Jersey lawmakers and Alta Bicycle Share have announced that the city will soon be launching its own bike share program. Although no sponsor has been announced yet, the Jersey version is expected to be quite similar to NYC’s popular Citi Bike system. Even better, officials say that those who sign up with the Jersey bike share will have reciprocal membership privileges within New York’s bike sharing system and vice versa.
The New Jersey program’s launch is slated for early next spring and will begin with 350 bikes and 35 docking stations. Alta is estimating that 5,000 annual members will sign up by the end of the year, promising more bikes and docking stations for the program based on demand. According to Alta, the Jersey system “will have reciprocal membership privileges with New York’s Citi Bike system,” allowing Citi Bike members to use bicycles in both cities at no additional cost.
Under current Mayor Steven Fulop, Jersey City has made numerous advances in transforming itself into a bike-friendly city. In 2014, the city created miles of new bike lanes and is actively promoting green transport as a way of everyday travel. In a recent press release, Mayor Fulop, who is a bike rider himself, said he believes that the new bike sharing program will be an instant hit, “Jersey City has one of the fastest growing biking populations and a community who utilizes bikes and mass transit for commuting to and from work. We anticipate this program will be one of the most-used in the nation and will develop a national model for a regional, urban bike share system.”
Like the New York version, the Jersey bike share will not be subsidized, but no sponsor has been announced yet. It can be assumed that, in looking to avoid some of the problems that Citi Bike faced initially, the Jersey bike share system will have a few different features from the original version such as a more efficient platform and improved system-wide technology overall.