Get ready Jersey City! The NJ nabe is set to become the state’s first hub in the Citi Bike program. When the NJ counterpart to NYC’s popular bike-share launches next month, it will add 350 bikes at 35 stations to the existing network in New York. As promised in the announcement earlier this year, the Jersey City program will give members reciprocal access to stations located in NYC, making it easier than ever before for folks to cycle between the two cities.
We first learned about the plans for the Jersey City arm of the bike share program back in January, when city officials shared some details of how the plan would work. As promised, the New Jersey-based bike share will work in tandem with the Citi Bike program already in use in New York. For the same $149 annual membership that users pay across the Hudson, Jersey City bike riders will be able to take advantage of the system in either city. That membership includes unlimited individual trips up to 45 minutes in length, with additional fees for longer bike rides. If an annual membership is too much to bear, daily and weekly memberships are also an option. The program also offers corporate memberships, and employers in the city can sign up by October 1st to score a 50 percent or 100 percent subsidy for every employee.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said in a statement that the Citi Bike program is “the next big step in creating a more bike-friendly city.” He also acknowledged that people are already using bikes for transportation within the city. “Jersey City is a diverse community with residents who largely use bikes, mass transit or walk to work,” he said. “The city’s culture and vibrancy make it the perfect place for bike share.”
Citi isn’t the only financial backer for the NJ program. The Horizon Foundation of New York, SUEZ North America, CarePoint Health and Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health will also be founding sponsors.
The program has been active in New York City for two years, and Citi Bike announced this week that riders have racked up 20 million trips in that time.
Images via Citi Bike