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NYC on a Roll: Citi Bike Breaks Ridership Records

The Citi Bike bikeshare system in New York is achieving record new successes, despite never having received zero funding from city coffers.
May 26, 2021, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Gorgeous spring weather and the growing pace of reopening has been a major boon for New York City’s bike-share program," reports Jake Offenhartz.

Offenhartz is sharing the latest ridership data from Citi Bike, which includes data from the week of May 9, when Citi Bike provided a new record 631,314 rides. The Friday and Saturday of that week saw single day ridership records, with 103,159 and and 118,590 rides, respectively.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, seen recently riding Citi Bike, is quoted in the article promising to keep the city's bike boom rolling. "The surge in ridership comes as Citi Bike continues its expansion into the boroughs. But while new docks have appeared this year in Astoria, Sunset Park, and Inwood, some have criticized the system's growth as too slow," according to Offenhartz. "Even after a phase three expansion is completed in 2023, huge swaths of the city will remain unconnected from the bike share network."

Citi Bike has received no funding from the city, according to Offenhartz—which makes the recent ridership all the more notable compared to, for example, the NYC Ferry system, a favorite cause of de Blasio Administration, which is set to received $600 million in taxpayer funding in the coming years while serving 9,000 riders a day.

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Published on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 in Gothamist
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