Expect more celebrity Citi Bike sightings as the NYC bike share program gets ready for a major expansion. According to The NY Post, the city is preparing to add 4,000 new blue bikes to neighborhoods including the Upper West Side and Upper East Side in Manhattan and Cobble Hill and Park Slope in Brooklyn.
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The expansion would increase the number of Citi Bikes currently on the streets from 6,000 to 10,000. As of now, there are 332 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but this being New York, there has been intense opposition to many bike station locations and that should continue with this expansion – especially since the bikes will be heading to some of the wealthiest areas of the city.
But the success of Citi Bike so far cannot be denied. Less than three months after its May 2013 opening, 2 million trips had been taken and on average, bikes get checked out up to seven times a day.
Citi Bike is part of a national bike sharing success story as the bike sharing fleet in the United States has more than doubled since the beginning of the year.
Via New York Post
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