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Council Members Seek Info On Plans To Expand Citi Bike

July 15, 2019 - 4:04 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A number of local leaders want to make sure that the plans to expand Citi Bike’s fleet will include low-income neighborhoods.

Several City Council members, including Ritchie Torres, Justin Brannan and Adrienne Adams, wrote a joint letter to Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to demand more details on the bike sharing program’s expansion.

The nonprofit "New York Communities for Change" claims Citi Bike, which is owned by Lyft, neglects many low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

Lyft last year vowed to invest $100 million in infrastructure and equipment for a massive expansion on the bike-sharing program, but the DOT has released a limited amount of information on the plans.

A DOT spokesperson told the New York Daily News that an announcement on the Citi Bike expansion is expected soon.