Citi Bike launched a year ago today and has been widely and rightfully touted as a new form of transportation for New York City.
But it’s more than just bikes at stations available 24/7. Citi Bike is made of the tens of thousands of members and casual riders that have decided that there’s a better way to get around and see New York. People who’ve been riding for years and many who saw the bikes and decided for the very first time, “I think I could just go there by bike.” These folks together took over 8.75 million trips over Citi Bike’s first year, pedaling over 14.7 million miles.
So for our 1st birthday, a huge THANK YOU to all of you who have tried Citi Bike.
We promise to continue to work to improve the program, taking our learnings from year one and building an even better year two.
Citi Bike is also about our family of employees at New York City Bike Share, the operators of the Citi Bike program. To the rebalancers, the bike checkers, the mechanics, the station techs, the dispatchers, the customer service team and more who help, sometimes literally, keep the wheels on this program, a huge THANK YOU to you as well.
And for those of you who haven’t tried Citi Bike yet, we’re offering $1 Citi Bike 24-hour passes all day today, May 27th in honor of our birthday. They are available at any Citi Bike station. Normal time limits and overages still apply and there will be the normal $101 security hold placed on your card.
Here’s a full list of the special treats we have planned to make our 1st birthday a little sweeter:
- $1 Day-Passes: To mark the 1st Birthday of the Citi Bike program, NYC Bike Share, LLC, the operator of the Citi Bike program, is making Citi Bike 24-Hour Passes be available for $1 from 12:01 am - 11: 59 pm Tuesday, May 27. (Normally $9.95.) See how to use a Citi Bike casual pass here.
- Birthday Cupcakes: Citi Bike Ambassadors will distribute specially decorated cupcakes to passersby near Citi Bike stations at 17 St & Broadway (11 am until supplies run out) and West St & Chambers St (4 pm until supplies run out).
- Inviting New Yorkers and Visitors to Try Citi Bike: Citi Bike Ambassadors will be at stations that see the highest use by short-term pass customers, encouraging New Yorkers and visitors to give Citi Bike a try.
- 4-Year Membership Sweepstakes*: Citi, the title sponsor of Citi Bike, is offering the chance to win a Citi Bike pass for four years, Tweet #HBDCitiBike to enter through 11:59 on May 27. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to citizens or resident aliens of CT, NJ and NY 18 or older. Full rules are available: http://citi.us/1i064Pn.
We hope that you join us in celebrating Citi Bike’s 1st birthday and we look forward to celebrating many more with you to come.