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Major Expansion Planned For Citi Bike By 2023

July 16, 2019 - 5:55 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Citi Bike’s fleet will soon be expanding into some new neighborhoods.

The Lyft-owned bike-sharing program began in 2013 in Manhattan’s core and has quickly expanded in popularity. So much so that Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg says the bikes will be spreading to new boroughs soon.

“For the first time we're bringing Citi Bike up to the Bronx, up to the end of Manhattan, and deeper into Brooklyn and Queens,” she announced Tuesday.

All of Manhattan will be covered, as well as southwestern neighborhoods in the Bronx. It's also creeping further east into Queens and Brooklyn – into places like Jackson Heights, Crown Heights and Brownsville.

However, the expansion won’t actually happen until 2023, according to officials.

“It's taken work over time to work out the details of the expansion, to make sure that the system is operating smoothly,” Trottenberg said.

She notes they'll be talking with people in those neighborhoods about where docks will go and possibly about more bike lanes, too.

Lyft had previously pledging to triple the fleet over the next years, going from 13,000 bikes to 40,000.

The announcement comes a day after a number of City Council members wrote to the transportation commissioner to demand more details about the bike-sharing program’s expansion, which was announced in 2018.