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The Lower East Side has long been home to vibrant and unique people and places, and now it’s also home to a large number of Citi Bike’s ubiquitous blue bikes! With stations dotted across the area, from the Bowery to the East River, residents and tourists alike can be found pedaling through the lively streets of the LES. We headed out to the Rivington St & Chrystie St station to see who we’d meet.

5:23 p.m.
Lapchan, a student at Brooklyn College and a Citi Bike member, rolls up to dock his bike. Originally from Hong Kong, he’s lived in NYC for 13 years, currently residing in Chinatown. Comparing the two, he said, “The cost of living is cheaper in New York, but I think the food is better in Hong Kong.” His favorite NYC dish: cheesecake.


                     

5:37 p.m.
Teacher Sarah B. and her husband were in town from Denver, he for work, she for vacation. On their first day in the city, they’d already managed to ride a loop around the island, noting their favorite part was biking around the Brooklyn Bridge area.


                     

5:42 p.m.
Paul came by on his way home to Cobble Hill. An Englishman, he’s lived in the city for the past 15 years and is a Citi Bike member. A gemologist, he works in midtown Manhattan, but his favorite part of the city is Red Hook. His favorite restaurant there: Fort Defiance.

5:56 p.m.
This station seems to be popular with British transplants, as Lower East Side local Mary stops by. A city-dweller for the past 20 plus years, Mary says that bike share has been incredibly useful for her work in real estate.


                     

6:14 p.m.
Another foreign-born New Yorker, Nick, comes through the station. An IT professional born in China and who has lived in the city for the past 30 years, Nick uses the system to get to and from work. His favorite restaurant: Kumo Sushi.


                     

6:19 p.m.
We couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic Citi Biker to wrap up our station stake-out. Zach was on vacation here from Portland, where he works at Nutcase Helmets. Someone who clearly knows a thing or two about biking, Zach complimented NYC on its bike lanes and bike infrastructure. Hidden talent: making his own paper.

Over and out!

Not only is biking a fun and efficient way to travel, but it’s also great for both your physical and mental health. It works muscles all over your body, especially the hamstrings and quadriceps. Plus, while toning your legs, core, and upper body, it’s also easy on your joints, making it an ideal exercise for bikers of any age and fitness level.

Biking not only gets you where you want to go faster than walking, but it also generally burns more calories. As some of our members have discovered, it can be a great tool for getting to and maintaining a healthy weight. For example, biking for just 20 minutes at a moderate pace, you can burn close to 200 calories (though the number varies depending on weight and exertion level). And even if you’re feeling too tired for a serious workout, a more leisurely bike ride can boost your energy levels.

Biking has also been shown to increase muscle tone, build stamina, and improve heart health. Biking can guard against cardiovascular problems like high blood pressure and heart attacks, an especially important issue in a city where heart disease is the leading cause of death.

Curious about just how many calories you burn during your Citi Bike trips? Check out this helpful chart, or click here to get a more accurate estimate.

Image courtesy of NutriStrategy

Not only is keeping in shape a benefit of exercise, but so is keeping mentally fit. It’s no secret that exercise helps your brain function faster and better, and biking is no exception. It can reduce stress and even improve your mood. And in a city where people are constantly stressed-out, who doesn’t want to be happier and more productive? Additionally, biking outdoors is energizing and an excellent way to get outside and get some fresh air.

Meet Mark, actor in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway. Mark loves his job and his colleagues, but in his free time he takes a break from the stage to spend time working on his yard, fixing up his house, playing golf or enjoying sporting events.

Name: Mark Ledbetter
Occupation/Interests: Actor in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Grew up in: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lives in: Maplewood, NJ
Works in: New York, NY

I primarily use Citi Bike to get to and from work. I take NJ Transit in to the city and ride a Citi Bike from Penn Station to my theatre. After the show is over, I ride a Citi Bike from my theatre back down to Penn Station.

The first time I rode a Citi Bike, I was a little nervous because I hadn’t ever been on a bike in the City! But, I quickly learned that if you take it slowly and pay attention, riding can really be a lot of fun!

I used to take the subway, but now I ride the bike out in the sun and get a little exercise on my commute. I feel much more in control and am much happier. Fighting to squeeze onto a subway car or waiting on a hot sticky platform is a thing of the past!

We came across Greg when he tweeted @CitiBikeNYC on our 1st birthday, reporting his whopping 551+ bike trips since the system launched. An ER physician, Greg surely knows a thing or two about the health benefits of bicycling - like keeping docs as fit and handsome as they always seem to be on TV! Wink wink.

Here’s his story…

 


Name: Greg J., MD
Occupation/Interests: Emergency Medicine physician
Grew up in: Dallas, Texas
Lives in: East Village
Works in: downtown Manhattan

How do you use Citi Bike?
Getting to work, getting across the Village to pick up my kids, meeting my girlfriend in Midtown for theater, running errands all over downtown, and for exercise on days I’m not actually running. I started using it the first day it launched, and am still going strong, 580 trips now and counting.

What’s your favorite thing about riding a bike in NYC?
Getting around the city quickly and easily. Riding from the Theater District to East Village after a show late at night, when there’s little traffic & people, down the Broadway bike lanes always feels special.

Can you describe anything interesting, funny, or memorable that’s happened to you while riding Citi Bike?
The first few days of Citi Bike last year, drivers and pedestrians would ask you questions about it every time you stopped. People were very curious and friendly.

Citi Bike just celebrated its first birthday!  Has anything about you changed in the last year because you ride Citi Bike now?
It’s made Brooklyn much more accessible to me; it lets me explore the city much more easily. I like getting over the bridge and to places in Brooklyn quickly.

Did you ride a bike growing up?
I rode a bike as a kid frequently in Texas, all over the neighborhood. I remember setting up small ramps and jumping over things on the bike with my friends.

Any tips for newer Citi Bike members or NYC bike riders?
Be courteous, watch out for pedestrians, and give cars and yourself room to maneuver. And wear a helmet.

Working in an emergency room seems wild and exhausting. Do the TV shows get it right?
Not at all. Everything happens faster on TV and is wrapped up before the next commercial, and everyone is dying. Real life happens much more slowly. But the ER staff is just as pretty as their TV versions.

If you were Mayor of NYC for a day, what would you do?
Return the streets of New York to their early 1900s look, when the sidewalks were very wide and streets very narrow. We’ve changed the city to accommodate cars, when pedestrians should be the primary emphasis. I’d lower speed limits and install more protected bike lanes. And expand Citi Bike throughout the city.

What’s your top recommendation (restaurant, activity, park) in your neighborhood?
The waterfront along the East River below 34th street to the Seaport is really nice and you can bike the whole length. There’s a nice running track on the river at East 6th street, with great views that most people don’t know about.

They might boast awesome outdoor locations, but the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are just the beginning when it comes to vintage finds and foodstuff in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Several of the neighborhood’s most well known destinations for thrift shopaholics and coffee connoisseurs are within steps of the Metropolitan Ave & Bedford Ave Citi Bike station, perfect for what we’re calling a “dock & walk.” Here are just a few of our recommendations:

Photo Credit: Callum Voge

JUNK
197 N 9th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
Hours: 9am-9pm everyday
Directions from Metropolitan Ave and Bedford Ave: (8 minute walk) Dock your Citi Bike and head northeast on Bedford Ave. Take a right on N 9th St. and the destination will be on your left.

As the saying goes “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” and no place is better evidence of this than Junk. With two locations in Williamsburg, this shop is brimming with a vintage assortment of books, furniture, records, and nicknacks. Whether looking for a specific item or just taking in the spectacle, Junk will not disappoint. Enjoy an afternoon of treasure hunting by taking Citi Bike to visit the 197 N 9th Street location!

Photo credit: Callum Voge

BUFFALO EXCHANGE
504 Driggs Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday 12pm-7pm
Directions from Metropolitan Ave and Bedford Ave: (8 minute walk)Head southeast on Metropolitan Ave towards N 3rd Street. Turn left onto Driggs AVe. Just past N 9th Street, the destination will be on your left.

Buffalo Exchange offers a wide array of vintage clothing, shoes, and jewelry. A unique feature of Buffalo exchange is the trade in option where customers can bring in their old clothing to sell to the store. Though the store is notoriously selective about the pieces they accept, no one is exempt from striking a deal on the buy side!

Photo credit: Callum Voge

MONKS VINTAGE THRIFT STORE
Hours: Monday-Thursday and Sunday 11am-8pm and Fridays and Saturdays 11am-9pm
Direction from Metropolitan Ave and Bedford Ave:(8 minute walk) Head southeast on Metropolitan Ave towards N 3rd Street. Turn left onto Driggs Ave. Just past N 9th Street, the destination will be on your left.

Monk’s is a strong competitor with Buffalo Exchange and specializes in vintage clothing. The selection is huge, so be patience and expect to sort through lots of flannel. Patience does pay off though, as Monks is known among customers for its quality and selection.

Photo credit: Clay McLachlan/Claypix.com

BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE
160 Berry St. Brooklyn, NY 11249
Hours: Weekdays 7am-7pm and Weekends 8am-7pm
Directions from Metropolitan Ave and Bedford Ave: (4 min walk) Head northeast on Bedford Ave toward N 3rd Street. Turn left onto N 4th Street and turn right onto Berry Street. The destination will be on the left.

Whether a cup of coffee is part of your daily routine or is a special treat, Blue Bottle is not to be missed. Complete with a drip bar and other unique coffee preparing devices, your preference of pour over or espresso can be enjoyed in shop or taken to go!

MAST BROTHERS CHOCOLATE
111 N 3rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
Hours: Everyday 12pm-7pm
Directions from Metropolitan Ave and Bedford Ave: (2 minute walk) Head northeast on Bedford Ave toward N 3rd Street and turn left on N 3rd Street. The destination will be on your right.

Just by walking into this artisanal chocolate shop, you are completely engulfed by the smell of all kinds of delectable desserts. Mast Brothers offers everything from simple chocolate bars to decadent baked goods. After a Citi Bike ride over to Metropolitan Ave and Bedford Ave, treat yourself and enjoy!

Sheryl Yvette is an icon among New York City’s longtime bicyclists, who see her riding all around town, always looking like a million bucks. (And she literally rides all around town - she did the 100-mile NYC Century in heels!) Known as “BitchCakes,” the name of her blog, Sheryl is actually a warm, funny, total inspiration, especially to would-be bike riders. We’re big fans.

Here’s her story…

Name: Sheryl Yvette
Occupation / Interests: biking, photography, beer, bearded men, NYC
Grew up in: Yonkers
Lives in: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Works in: Westchester
Years in NYC: 17 total (my first 8 in the Bronx, and the last 9 in Brooklyn)


Sheryl travels through Grand Central Terminal five days a week. In May 2010 she was crowned Miss Grand Central! (OK, she crowned herself, but who cares?)

What made you start riding a bike?
Nearly 30 years after I learned to ride as a kid, I took my first ride as an adult in 2007. My first bike tour was in 2009, but I didn’t start riding often until 2010, when I faced my fears and started using my bike for errands and transportation. And that’s when I fell in love with biking in NYC.

You have your own beautiful bikes.  What made you sign up for Citi Bike?
Thank you :) For one thing, I just had to be a part of this historic initiative. Bike share seemed so impossible for the city of New York to actually pull off, so I had to support it!

And despite having my own bikes, I knew I would have uses for Citi Bike. For example, one time I was riding my own bike to work, crossed the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan, and got a flat tire. I locked up my bike on 2nd Ave and grabbed a nearby Citi Bike to get to Grand Central. I also use them during marathon training season.  I go out for a long run into Manhattan and then ride a Citi Bike back over the Williamsburg Bridge as part of my post-run cool down. There are just so many uses for Citi Bike, even if you already have a bike!

What’s your favorite thing about riding a bike in NYC?
The absolute pure joy and exhilaration of being on a bike in the greatest city in the world is something that’s difficult to put into words. You have to experience it and feel it for yourself.

Many people tells us they’re nervous about riding a bike in NYC. Any pointers that might help them get comfortable riding on NYC streets?
I tell people to start first in parks and on dedicated bike paths, so they can get used to riding while dealing with the unpredictability of other people. When they’re ready to take it a step further, they can do some street riding. But again, starting in less dense areas until they are comfortable enough to ride in busier areas. (Ed. note: Also try early morning on weekends, when many are still asleep!)

Can you describe anything interesting, funny, or memorable that’s happened to you while riding Citi Bike?
That would have to be my very first ride ever, on Citi Bike’s launch day in 2013. I rode from Williamsburg to Manhattan. First, on the bridge I bumped into my photographer (Dmitry Gudkov) who was on his way to City Hall for the Citi Bike press conference. He remarked that “of course” I was the first person he encountered on a Citi Bike. Then docking in Union Square, I noticed a man taking a photo of me. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but that photo ended up on the Daily Show and used on countless online articles and a few local newspapers. I only wish I had been smiling in the photo.

Speaking of which, Citi Bike just celebrated its first birthday!  Have you noticed anything different about New York City since Citi Bike started a year ago?
Happy birthday, Citi Bike! I honestly think that the addition of all the Citi Bike cyclists on the road has changed the behavior of some drivers. We still have a long way to go, but I’ve noticed more drivers who are about to turn will actually look at the lane, checking for bike traffic (as they are required to do!) before turning.

If you were Mayor of NYC for a day, what would you do?
One day isn’t long enough to do much, but I’d love to be able to walk up all the stairs in the Chrysler Building (if you’re wondering why - it’s my favorite building and I’ve walked the stairs in the Empire State Building, 30 Rock and 4 World Trade). I’ve asked a few times, but I can’t get anyone to let me in there.

If you got a surprise day off from work, where would you spend the day in NYC?
Weather permitting, the beach, with my friend Amanda! I love riding out to Fort Tilden and the Rockaways and there just aren’t enough weekends in the summer!

What’s your favorite restaurant in Brooklyn?
Champs, on Leonard & Ainslie in Williamsburg. I’m vegan and they’re my favorite go-to spot for any meal - breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or baked treats. (A 15-min walk from the Metropolitan Ave. & Bedford Ave. Citi Bike station.)

Have you had any memorable encounters with any of your fans while riding?
More than I can count, actually! I meet online followers/fans all the time because I’m known from so many different places. One that sticks out is when I was riding north on Park Ave at rush hour one night a woman was so excited she saw me, she waved her arms and yelled out “BitchCakes!” then quickly covered her mouth because she was so embarrassed she said it out loud. I stopped at that light and talked to her for a minute. She was *really* excited to meet me. I always talk to people that recognize me and take a photo with them or for them if they ask. I’ve had a lot of my own celebrity encounters while biking around, too. Those are always fun.

If you spot Sheryl next time you’re pedaling around, be sure to say hi!

Meet Kimberly and Kim, the brains behind NYC Biketrain, which runs five weekday bike commuter routes in three boroughs.

In 2011, when Kimberly was still pretty new to cycling the streets of NYC, she learned about biketrains for school kids - where they ride in groups for visibility and for fun. She thought a commute version for adults would be helpful to people intimidated by city riding, but who were still “bike-curious,” like she was. Kimberly connected with Kim on Twitter, and NYC Biketrain was born. Three years later, the idea has spread to Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle, and elsewhere.

Names: Kimberly & Kim
Occupations: Financial writer/editor (Kimberly) / Designer & UX (Kim)
Side project: NYC Biketrain
Live in: Inwood (Kimberly) and Williamsburg (Kim)
Work in: Columbus Circle (Kimberly), Union Square (Kim)


Kimberly (Photo credit: Rod Huntress)

First, what’s NYC Biketrain all about?
NYC Biketrain is a free, community-based bike commute service—friendly and knowledgeable “conductors” lead commute routes so that newer bike commuters can sort of draft off their skill and knowledge. It’s a great way to build a little community and gain safety in numbers while picking up good cycling habits from more experienced bike commuters. It’s really a bit of community on wheels.

What’s your favorite thing about riding a bike in NYC?
Kim: Freedom and consistency. I love that when I ride my bike, my commute is the same - 25 to 30 minutes - every day. While other forms of transit experience unexpected delays, riding my bike is almost infallibly consistent.
Kimberly: The freedom, autonomy, and the sensory experience. Eight miles of my commute is along the Hudson River. It’s scenic and quieter than the rest of the city. I love my commute — not something I could say when I was taking the subway!

You both own lots of your own bikes. How do you use Citi Bike?
Kim: I use Citi Bike to run errands, commute, and ride one way on iffy weather days. I’ve also recently gotten into run-commuting to or from work. I’ll take a Citi Bike to work and then run home, for instance.
Kimberly: I live outside the service area, but Citi Bike really comes in handy on days when I haven’t ridden to work but want to meet friends or run errands across town after work. Also, during this past (crazy harsh!) winter, when I wasn’t commuting 10 miles each way to midtown everyday, I would sometimes grab a Citi Bike on my lunch break and do 4 or 5 miles in Central Park. It was a great way to break up the day and still get in some relaxing (if slightly chilly!) bike time.

 

Kim (Photo credit: Dmitry Gudkov)

What’s something interesting, funny, or memorable that’s happened to you while riding Citi Bike?
Kim: A few motorists have jokingly asked me to race. I inevitably say, “sure,” and they chicken out. They know they would lose! Citi Bike in the third gear is a force to be reckoned with.
Kimberly: I loved how in the first few weeks, even on the shortest of rides, I’d be stopped at a light and have at least one person ask me, “How are the bikes?!” I loved helping spread the infectious enthusiasm. I also remember riding home on the greenway from lower Manhattan at dusk one night and seeing what I thought were fireflies up ahead, and it was very magical. Turned out they were the flashing front lights of Citi Bikes. I still love seeing them twinkle at me when I’m riding the greenway at night.

Did you ride a bike growing up?
Kim: I rode a bike growing up. In fact, my first memory of riding a bike was falling off one and breaking my nose as a 6 year old. But that didn’t stop me!
Kimberly: I learned when I was about 5 or so, and remember taking off down the street to the cul de sac without training wheels for the first time, on this orange bike with one of those big banana seats and ginormous chopper handlebars with tassels flying off.

Citi Bike recently celebrated its first birthday!  Have you noticed anything different about New York City since Citi Bike started a year ago?
Kimberly: Bicycling overall is much more welcome and in demand. It has made bicycling feel safer and friendlier. It’s given people permission to try cycling in the city. Many of the neighborhoods outside the Citi Bike program area really want it - making it clear that they understand why making bicycling easier and more accessible to people is valuable for everyone. So Citi Bike has helped a lot of New Yorkers move from being uncertain about cycling to embracing it and demanding it.

Join Kimberly and Kim on a NYC Biketrain route soon!

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.

Ah, how time flies! It seems like only yesterday when bike share was just a glimmer in the eye of New Yorkers who were ready to ride. And now here we are, a few sleepless nights and millions of miles and smiles later, celebrating Citi Bike’s first birthday!

In only a year, Citi Bike has transformed the way New Yorkers get around. The program makes Alphabet City seem only inches from Union Square. It makes Clinton Hill that much nearer to Brooklyn Heights. It makes getting to or from the ferries a quick hop. And it means that LIRR, Path and MetroNorth commuters can finish their trips in the open air instead of squished like sardines into subway cars.

What a year it’s been… (Cue flashback music.)

After months spent deploying hundreds of stations throughout NYC and shuttling thousands of bikes into docks, Citi Bike launched on the morning of May 27, 2013.


By 5pm that day, our 16,463 members had already taken 6,050 trips and logged 13,768 miles on New York City’s newest transportation system.

And that was nothing! Citi Bike’s tens of thousands of members and hundreds of thousands of casual riders would shatter milestones set by similar bike share systems in a matter of weeks.

But first, Citi Bike made the first of its many appearances on The Daily Show. (There must be a Citi Bike member somewhere in that writers’ room!) Citi Bikes would later show up on The Late Show with David Letterman, in New Yorkers’ wedding photos, and on the cover of The New Yorker itself!

Fewer than four weeks into the program, Citi Bike’s over 45,000 annual members and 55,000 short-term riders had already pedaled over 1,000,000 miles.

 

Louis C.K. was one of them!

One month in, the number of trips taken in a 24-hour period surpassed the 30,000 mark.  Summer was heating up, and it was time for some fun.

Our first of nine community programs kicked off, when Bronx-based Velo City started its summertime teen ride club in Central Park, teaching young people about urban planning, open space, and civic participation.

We were at Summer Streets, along with EVERYONE else!

Citi Bike crew members fostered Kitty Bike in our Sunset Park warehouse. Once again proving the internet loves cats, Kitty Bike remains our most “liked” Facebook post of the year.


We met Scott, who sent one of our favorite tweets of the year:

Citi Bike riders set a PR, taking 45,654 trips in one day on October 2 - the system’s busiest day on record.

On November 8, 2013, DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced that Citi Bike’s nearly 94,000 members and 340,000 short-term riders had taken 5 million trips, burning about 2.7 million calories each day.

 

Each Citi Bike was being ridden about six times per day, more than any other comparable bike share system in the world.

We met Reuben, who saves every one of his Citi Bike ride receipts to tally up how much he’ll save in transportation costs using bike share.  And he lives in the Bronx!


Thanksgiving came around and the puffy coats came out. Little did we know they wouldn’t be put away for another six months.

@paullyoung fell and messed up his khakis, sending the Twittersphere into a tizzy!

We went behind the scenes with Team OJ, members of Citi Bike’s Special Operations crew, who prepped stations for heavy snow and ice.

IT SNOWED. And snowed. Citi Bike field staff started shoveling!

IT WAS COLD.

Citi Bikers pedaled to power the Times Square ball drop on New Year’s Eve.

It was really, really, really cold. But that didn’t stop Citi Bike riders from taking 6,669 trips in 4 degree temps!


After about nine months of stockpiling Citi Bike parts we couldn’t repair or use, our bike mechanics filled a 24’ truck with used tires, tubes, and grips to be sent off to one of Bikes for the World’s partner programs around the world, like Juan Gabriel’s shop in Costa Rica (below).

We met Illana, our dream Citi Bike rider.  She learned how to ride a bike as an adult with our non-profit education partner, Bike New York, took a Citi Bike Street Skills class, joined us for a Member Meet-up Ride, and took to the streets!

Hoping to urge Mother Nature out of hibernation, we bedazzled ten Citi Bikes in springtime hues for Armory Arts Week 2014.

 

Spring finally sprung!

Citi Bike field staff started an ambitious project to check 11,600 docking points after an intense winter.

We took a Citi Bike up to the Blessing of the Bikes at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  Because it can’t hurt, right?

All the while, you rode!

In one year, more than 104,000 Annual Members and 426,000 short-term pass holders took to the streets, pedaling a total of 14.7 million miles over the course of 8.75 million trips. That makes Citi Bike the most well-used system in the nation. What does a day of that kind of ridership look like? Check it out.

How ever Citi Bike has factored into your life over its first year - whether for weekend jaunts, your daily commute, or to reach NYC’s hidden gems - thank you for riding!

An extra special thank you to our Founding Members, to our members who took their very first bike ride in NYC on Citi Bike, and members who recruited their friends and family to go for a ride.

On behalf of Citi Bike’s 214 employees, we look forward to pedaling with you for another great year. Happy riding!

Meet Jeffrey, a musician living in Greenwich Village who’s been a Citi Bike member since day one. We met him by Father Demo Square as he strapped his mandolin case into a Citi Bike basket. He uses Citi Bike mainly to run errands, though he’s owned his own bike since his teens (when his bike had no handlebar!?). Here’s his story:



Where were you taking your mandolin when we met?
I was picking it up from the repair shop on Carmine St. for playing at a Bluegrass jam later in the evening.

Where do you play in NYC?
Sheriff Bob’s Broome St. Bluegrass Sessions (the location recently changed to Brinkley’s) and sometimes at the First Monday jam at the Rockwood Music Hall or the weekly Monday jam at Mona’s. Sometimes also while sitting in Laguardia Corner Community Garden, where my wife and I have a plot.

It’s almost Citi Bike’s first birthday! Has anything about you changed since riding Citi Bike?
Now I’m more likely to go a bit farther to shop for dinner, since I can get the food home more quickly. I may be saving some money shopping outside Greenwich Village, though it’s more important to me that I’m increasing the range and selection of stores where I shop.

You were originally unsure of Citi Bike. What made you change your mind and sign up just before the system launched?
I had some concerns originally. As a pedestrian and a driver, I worried about the behavior of the cyclists. Then it occurred to me that putting thousands more bikers on the street would actually be beneficial. In my experience, when traffic gets crowded we are all forced to moderate our behavior; often this means a walker/driver/biker must more closely follow the rules established for the greater good. When I realized this would happen I became an annual member before the program launched.

Fill in the blanks: Before Citi Bike I would… often choose not to ride my own bike somewhere because of doubt regarding my return and the weather.
but now I… don’t have that concern since I can dock a Citi Bike at any station (even before my destination) if I so choose. I have the flexibility to decide to ride later if the conditions change.

Any tips for newer Citi Bike members or NYC bike riders?
Check your trip history online to make sure you docked your last bike correctly and that the trip ended.

Do you remember when you learned how to ride a bike?
I learned before my teens and have owned a bicycle ever since.  I had a Raleigh English Racer in my teens which had no handlebar. I used a vice grip to clamp on the front fork and had the handbrake attached to the main frame between my legs. It worked fine for a teenager!

Later in my 20s, I had a Paris Sport ten speed. I commuted on that bike to the theatre where I worked at 47th Street and 6th Ave., riding home down Fifth Ave. at midnight six nights a week. It was great fun.

I currently own a Specialized Stump Jumper (with which I have never jumped a stump). I bought it because it’s aluminum and I used to keep it in my walk-up apartment. With Citi Bike up and running, I now keep it at the boatyard where I sail.

Jeffrey knows how to live!

Meet Glen, a Citi Bike Founding Member (one of the first 5,000 people to join the system in 2013). Even though Glen has six bikes of his own (yep, 6!), he’s still taken over 370 Citi Bike rides in the system’s first year. Whoa. Here’s his story:

   
Photo credit: Jennifer Jones

Name: Glen
Occupation: NYC Dept. of Sanitation Outreach Specialist
Grew up in: Canarsie, Brooklyn
Live in: Brooklyn Heights
Work in: Lower Manhattan near the Stock Exchange

How do you use Citi Bike?
Commuting (often one way in the morning), chores, and visiting friends. I don’t like locking any of my own bikes outside, so Citi Bike is great for me. With several Citi Bike stations near my home and near my office, it’s a convenient option for me. I now ride in the rain, too, since I don’t have to clean my own bike. (I’m lazy and in the past I would walk or take the train if the weather was “messy.”)

What’s your favorite thing about riding a bike in NYC?
It’s a fast way to get places, it’s good exercise, and it’s great to get smiles from other bike riders.  Plus, it’s easy to transport lots of stuff in panniers or by cargo trailer when I’m riding my own bike.

It’s almost Citi Bike’s first birthday!  Has anything about you changed in the last year because you ride Citi Bike now?
I find I’m more likely to take a quick ride to Eastern Mountain Sports or REI in Soho if I’m sitting around the apartment and just want to get out. Before Citi Bike I would have either had to walk a long way or take the train, but who wants to be underground on a beautiful day? I also ride in bad weather now since I don’t have to maintain the bike myself. Thank you, Citi Bike mechanics!

Did you ride a bike growing up?
I’ve been riding since the early 70s, when I lived in Canarsie. I don’t remember my actual first ride, but I must have enjoyed it.

What’s the coolest thing about working at the Dept. of Sanitation?
Seeing what happens to everything that people put out at the curb. Most people never think about where their trash and recyclables go. I love to teach people how to recycle properly and how to prevent waste in the first place.  We love to say “our business is picking up.”  I’m most proud of having taught countless numbers of people where to correctly place their recyclables.

If you were Mayor of NYC for a day, what would you do?
Make every day Bike to Work Day and have the Department of Sanitation staff use Citi Bike for a day.

If you got a surprise day off from work, where would you spend the day in NYC?
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, especially if it was a nice spring day when the cherry blossoms are out!

What’s your favorite restaurant in Brooklyn?
Though I usually order in, Jake’s BBQ on Columbia Street is my favorite.
(Editor’s note: Only a 9-minute walk from the Citi Bike station at Atlantic Ave & Furman St!)

Meet Yannis, a West Villager who uses Citi Bike to attend meetings, run errands, and get to and from his Brooklyn-based bocce league. A member since July, we ran into him at the Barrow St & Hudson St station and learned a bit about his Citi Bike experience.

How do you use Citi Bike?
Mostly for leisure - riding up the Hudson River Greenway with my wife, or to Brooklyn Heights for my bocce league games if the weather is nice.  Sometimes I use it to go to meetings around the city as well.  It’s a great way to stay active and get to where you want without much hassle.

As we approach Citi Bike’s first birthday, what’s your impression of riding a bike in NYC over the years?
The City has made the roadways so “bike-friendly.”  Five years ago, I would have thought riding a bike to get around was quite daunting from a safety standpoint.  But now we have dedicated bike lanes and routes, and directions are easily accessible through a phone app.

Any tips for newer Citi Bike members or NYC bike riders?
Yes, when docking a Citi Bike, lift the front wheel slightly before pushing the bike into the dock. Wait for the green light to confirm it’s locked.  And don’t bang the bikes against the docks.

Can you describe anything interesting, funny, or memorable that’s happened to you while riding Citi Bike?
One time there was only one bike left at my home station, but the seat was at the lowest height and I couldn’t raise it.  I was running late, so I took it anyway.  Being 6’1, I looked pretty ridiculous pedaling with my knees so close to my chest.

Has anything about you changed since riding Citi Bike?
I feel better about myself; it’s a great way to get some exercise while getting to where you need to be.

Do you remember when you learned how to ride a bike?
Yes, there was no safety equipment involved.  It was more of a crash course… lots of bumps and bruises.

Meet Matthew, a professor at NYU who commutes from his home in Roselle Park, NJ. Since joining Citi Bike, he takes the subway less and tells us that it has saved him a ton of money. We’ll trust his calculations; he is a math professor, after all.

Name: Matthew
Occupation: Mathematics professor at NYU
Lives: Roselle Park, NJ
Works: Greenwich Village

What led you to sign up for Citi Bike?
I ran the numbers and realized it represented a big savings for my commute.  Replacing 42 subway rides per year with Citi Bike trips saves enough money to cover the cost of the annual membership.  Weather permitting, I can ride 10 times a week or more, so it doesn’t take long to recoup that initial expense.

How do you use Citi Bike?
I commute from New Jersey, so most of the time I am going between Port Authority Bus Terminal and NYU.

What’s your favorite thing about riding a bike in NYC?
Having my own turn in the light cycle along greenways.  Riding 8th Avenue uptown and 9th Avenue downtown make the trip back and forth very simple.

Note: Matthew’s referring to the physically separated bike lanes along 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan, which feature separate light signals specifically for bicyclists.  These lights reduce turning conflicts at intersections, since turning vehicles are held at a red light while straight-through bike riders go on the green (and vice versa).

Any tips for newer Citi Bike members or NYC bike riders?
Ring that bell!  I ring for everything, from, “Hey, just wanted to let you know I’m right behind you” to “Hey, I’m passing you,” to “Hey, don’t step off that curb just yet,” to “Hey, quit walking in the bike lane!”

Can you describe anything interesting, funny, or memorable that’s happened to you while riding Citi Bike?
I keep track of the IDs (the white numbers on the frame near the back wheel) of the bikes I ride.  Since I started tracking, I’ve ridden over 80 different bikes, no two the same.

Has anything about you changed since riding Citi Bike?
I get to see a bit more of the city than I did when I traveled underground.  It’s interesting to see the city’s neighborhoods dissolve one into another.

Fill in the blanks: Before Citi Bike I… but now I…
Before Citi Bike I thought NYC bikers were taking their lives into their hands.  Now I feel pretty comfortable riding around the city, as long as I’ve got my helmet on and stay with the flow of traffic.

With all of the buzz surrounding David Zwirner’s latest exhibit, A Mercantile Novel, Citi Bike’s spring interns, Nicole and Callum, were ecstatic to join the fun and help expand the exhibit beyond the gallery walls and into the streets of NYC. They set off on a grand journey from the Chelsea gallery to surprise our friends at Bicycle Habitat in SoHo with crates of the handcrafted confections. These are their stories (cue Law and Order sound effects)...


The replica Colombina factory that was constructed in the gallery is quite a different scene from only a few months ago.

Perfect fit!

Securing the precious cargo.

You may think Callum is watching the dock for the green light so he can release the bike, but really he is in a trance dreaming about Chocomelos®.

Obligatory “Can you believe this view? We live in the greatest city in the world” picture. Hudson River Greenway is such a beautiful ride!

Nicole was so excited to surprise the Bicycle Habitat staff, she almost fumbled the treats!

Surrounded by mechanics, suspended bikes, and repair tools of every type, we managed to combine two of our favorite things: bikes and chocolates. What’s not to love?!

These smirks are sure signs of appreciation!

Sound like fun? Stop by the David Zwirner Gallery to check out the replica factory and pick up your own free crate of chocolates anytime before June 14. Grab a Citi Bike around the corner at W 20 St & 11 Ave and bring smiles to your friends (literally). Be sure to document your journey with the hashtag #mercantilenovel for the chance to be featured on A Mercantile Novel website and to win further prizes! We’ll be on a lookout for your Citi Bike pictures as well! Riding in NYC has never been sweeter!

Every art lover knows to visit the MoMA, the Met, the Whitney, and the New Museum, but too few visitors take advantage of New York City’s world-class galleries. They’re the place to see amazing art before it becomes iconic, and they’re free. Even better, on a Citi Bike you can visit the best of the best without breaking a sweat. Here’s how.

West Chelsea is the epicenter of New York City’s contemporary art scene - maybe even the world’s. The Gagosian Gallery
555 West 24th St
Closest Citi Bike station: W 26 St & 10 Ave
is the biggest fish in the biggest pond. Exhibitions in the cavernous space are always museum quality, wildly impressive, and frequently star-studded. Stop in between 10am and 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and ready yourself for an eye-popping aesthetic experience.

Just a few doors down the street is another of Chelsea’s must-see galleries, so before you take out another Citi Bike, stop in at Barbara Gladstone.
515 West 24th St.
Closest Citi Bike station: W 26 St & 10 Ave
Though the names on her artist roster may not be quite as recognizable as those at Gagosian, among contemporary art’s initiated, they’re some of the best and brightest.  At the Gladstone Gallery, you can see the art that will pack museums for decades to come, so soak it in, then pick up a Citi Bike and head south down the Ninth Avenue protected bike lane to White Columns.

320 West 13th St.
Closest Citi Bike station: Greenwich Ave & 8 Ave
Artist founded and artist run, this non-profit gallery is known around the world as a hotbed of creativity and kookiness. The long list of left-brain types who’ve passed though White Columns includes Sonic Youth, Kiki Smith, Sarah Sze, and Andres Serrano. No matter what’s on the walls, a visit to this West Village cultural hub is a trip you won’t soon forget.


Our next stop isn’t a gallery, but it’s art, and it’s amazing, and it’s free. It’s also an easy Citi Bike ride from the Village, so head on over to SoHo and stop in at the New York Earth Room.
141 Wooster St., between Prince St. and Houston St.
Closest Citi Bike station: W Broadway & Spring St
The Walter De Maria installation has resided there since 1980 and is a masterpiece of minimalism. Maintained and commissioned by the Dia Foundation, it’s very, very special, but we won’t say more because we don’t want to ruin the surprise. The Earth Room is open from September to June, Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 pm (closed from 3-3:30 pm).

From SoHo, hop on a Citi Bike and head to the Lower Eats Side, where New York’s newer, edgier galleries have found a home. One of the early arrivals, Canada Gallery,
333 Broome St. between Bowery and Chrystie
Closest Citi Bike station: Forsyth St & Broome St
has developed a reputation for spotting and developing young talent at the cutting edge of a DIY (do it yourself) style that’s all the rage these days. After checking out what’s inside, you might say to yourself, “I could do that,” but the truth is that most of us wouldn’t think to. That sort of weirdness is exactly why it’s worth seeing.

The City that Never Sleeps does a whole lot of eating to keep its energy up. From corner carts to grand temples of gastronomic delight, somewhere, someone in the Big Apple is noshing on something you need to try. And the best way to find it all is on a Citi Bike. Traveling by bike is not only fast and frugal, but a good way to burn off a few calories between indulgences.

Here’s a Citi Bike-friendly guide to a few of the New York’s must-eats:

There’s no better way to start a big day of biking than with a hearty breakfast, and Clinton Street Baking Company is one of the city’s top spots.
4 Clinton St., Lower East Side
Closest Citi Bike station: Suffolk St & Stanton St
This Lower East Side legend is a perennial favorite to win Best Pancakes, Best Muffins, Best Biscuits, Best Breakfast, and Best Brunch. It’s also small, crowded, and wildly popular, so if you want to taste what all the hype is about, you’ll have to ride over there early. Sit-down service starts at 9am, but regulars know to show up around 8:45am to avoid the line, which can last all day.

If the crack of dawn is more of your bedtime than your time to rise and shine - or you’ve somehow saved some room after Clinton Street - then Ess-A-Bagel is your spot.
831 3rd Ave (between 50th St. & 51st St.)
Closest Citi Bike station: E 51 St & Lexington Ave or E 48 St & 3 Ave
You can ride uptown in the First Avenue bike lane and pop in for a bagel that’s holes above the rest. This east side staple has been around since 1976, wowing locals and visitors with its soft, chewy, crispy, doughy, perfectly nosh-able treats. Bring friends and sample widely: Everything is good.

Now that you’ve loaded up on carbs, it’s time to ride downtown for a serious dose of protein. One of the best - and cheapest - burgers in the city can be found in the back of a Greenwich Village bar called Corner Bistro.

331 W. 4th St. (at Jane St.)

Closest Citi Bike station: Bank St & Hudson St or Greenwich Ave & 8 Ave

This shrine to beef and beer has been serving-up the good stuff since the earlier part of the 20th century, and it knows not to mess with what works. We suggest you follow suit: order a Bistro Burger and a McSorley’s and prepare for a feast that’s fueled generations of New Yorkers.

Pizza is up next, and we’re going to send you in a different direction than all the guidebooks. From Corner Bistro, grab a Citi Bike and head a few blocks east to Joe’s Pizza

7 Carmine Street

Closest Citi Bike station: Carmine St & 6 Ave

While you’ve likely heard of a handful of famous New York pizza spots, this little gem is the best at what we think makes the Big Apple’s pizza culture so special: the slice. We’re fans of the fresh mozzarella, but the plain is great too. Sprinkle liberally with crushed red pepper, garlic powder, and oregano, and get ready to ride back across town to Katz’s Deli.


205 E Houston St. (at the corner of Ludlow)

Closest Citi Bike station: Allen St & E Houston St (near Stanton St)

Each week, Katz’s serves 10,000 pounds of pastrami, 5,000 pounds of corned beef, 2,000 pounds of salami, and 12,000 hot dogs. Stop in, take a bite, and find out why this New York City institution has been a favorite since it opened in 1888. Our go-to order is pastrami on rye, matzo ball soup, and half-sour pickles, but you can’t go wrong at Katz’s.

Didn’t get enough? Katz’s is open 24 hours a day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  And so is Citi Bike!

From the diamond-studded stores of Fifth Avenue, to the model-filled shops of SoHo, to the downtown boutiques that have clothed poets, rockers, and revolutionaries for generations, New York is a city of style. And there’s no more fashionable way to take it all in than behind the handlebars of a Citi Bike.

From couture to cut-up and everything in between, here’s a Citi Bike-friendly guide to the Big Apple’s five best vintage stores.

Start at:

New York Vintage

117 West 25th St.

Closest Citi Bike Stations: 24th St. at 5th Ave., 24th Street at 6th Ave.

This cathedral of classic styles is filled with the best and most beautiful of yesteryear. There’s a world-renowned rental-archive for red carpet and A-list celebs like Michelle Obama and Rihanna, and an open-to-the-public portion that’s so impossibly glamorous it’s hard to believe there’s anything better. New York Vintage is a must for any serious fashionista, and a first stop that’ll get your blood flowing.

From there, pick up another Citi Bike and head south to:

Star Struck Vintage

47 Greenwich Ave.

Closest Citi Bike Station: Greenwich Ave. and Charles St.

This family-run West Village vintage shop has clothed, inspired, and catered to generations of downtown’s coolest kids, as well as everyone who’s after their look. Hats, sunglasses, and denim are the highlights here, but there’s loads more from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Don’t fill up here, there’s plenty more to go.

Next, head east to:

Metropolis

43 3rd Ave.

Closest Citi Bike Station: Astor Place

Are you ready for a rock show? If you need new boots, a leather jacket, or sweet vintage tee shirts, this East Village mecca of old-school cool is the place to go. Doc Martens, acid-washed jeans, and varsity jackets round out the rad-ness. Attitude not included.

The next stop on our whirlwind tour is so close that you can walk it, but if you want to arrive in a style befitting your new gear, go ahead and ride down to:

Screaming Mimi’s

382 Lafayette St.

Closest Citi Bike Station: Great Jones and Lafayette St.

Whether you’re hunting for a silk camisole from the ‘90s or workwear from the ‘20s, this downtown stapleconveniently organized by decade - is the place to go. There’s also an amazing costume section, and a balcony jammed with high-end designers like Balenciaga, YSL, and Dior. And don’t forget to check out the shop windows: They’re almost as much fun as finding deals inside.

Are you tired yet? Is your significant other ready to explode? Our last stop - just a short ride south in the Second Avenue bike lane - has cocktails and couches that can cure what ails you.

The Dressing Room Boutique and Bar

75A Orchard St.

Closest Citi Bike Station: Allen St. and Hester St.

Part vintage store, part downtown boutique, part bar, and all amazing, this Lower East Side hybrid is the best place to wrap up a long day of shopping. There’s also free internet, frequent DJ sets, and other unexpected treats. It’s a top stop for the adventurous and a fitting end to a fine day of fashion.

On Sunday, May 11, riders from around the world - from Kyoto to Jakarta to Arizona - will unite through CycloFemme, a Global Women’s Cycling Day and grassroots celebration of women on bikes. Here in NYC, grab a Citi Bike and join in the fun on a route of your own or one of ours (here and here).

The annual Mother’s Day rides inspire and empower women to make their passion for bicycling public, and to make their joy contagious by introducing other women to the movement.

CycloFemme participants are encouraged to register and post their rides online, where already over 215 rides in 41 states and 19 countries are posted. On May 11, riders don their CycloFemme temporary tattoos and gear to show their dedication to growing the tribe of women on bikes. Because CycloFemme believes that strong communities are built around strong women. Who ride bikes!


Ready to ride? We’ve put together two ride guides specifically for CycloFemme - one’s a short, relaxed route great for a group of new riders, while the other’s a longer, multi-borough waterfront route for the more adventurous among us.

We’re proud that Citi Bike has already helped to increase the number of women riding bikes in parts of NYC. But, there’s still a lot of room for growth. So, grab your girlfriend, your mom, your daughter, anyone! and ride with CycloFemme this May 11.

Be sure to register your ride with CycloFemme, wear your tattoo with pride, and share your #CycloFemme experience with the rest of the world via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Over the past week Citi Bike’s spring maintenance blitz has continued and extended! We’ve finished checking about 40% of our 11,600 docking points and we are ramping up to do more this week and next.
During the past week we replaced all of the credit card readers and kiosk screens that had been reported to us as damaged or broken.

Over the past week we made sure our station screens were all in good working order for our riders.


Previously, you might have noticed kiosk screens with big black splotches. This was due to weather damage, caused by an especially cold and snowy winter. Our station techs now assemble the replacement screens in our warehouse and add a bit of silicon grease to the gasket to make the assembly more watertight and less vulnerable to the elements in the future.

If you notice a broken screen or credit card reader, please report it so we can repair it promptly by calling 1-855-BIKE-311 or e-mailing customerservice@citibikenyc.com.

The Citi Bike station(s) outside of Grand Central Station (Pershing Square North and South on the Citi Bike app and station map) will be getting temporary new homes. This move is to accommodate New York City Transit electrical work on the 7 train subway line. The station will be moved overnight Wednesday April 23 into April 24. The MTA estimates this construction project will be completed in early fall.

The stations will be relocated to two locations: 41st Street & Madison Ave and Vanderbilt Ave & 42nd Street. The total number of docking points available to customers will remain the same.

The stations will be returned to Pershing Square once the construction project is complete.

In general we alert customers to station moves via Twitter and also in the free Citi Bike app. As soon as a station is moved we take its pin off of the map. When the station is re-installed at a new location it will appear as a blue pin on the app and our on online station map.

David Zwirner is at it again!

The contemporary art gallery, known for dazzling even the most jaded New Yorkers, will go through a captivating transformation this month. From April 24 to June 14, world-renowned artist Oscar Murillo will team-up with Colombina, one of Colombia’s top confectioners, to convert the Chelsea art space into an authentic and fully functioning candy-making factory. Because edible art is the best kind of art! 

Producing hundreds of crates of the company’s signature Chocomelos® candies every week, the gallery will mirror a production line at the Colombina factory. The exhibit, called A Mercantile Novel, will extend outside four walls and into the five boroughs as gallery visitors and volunteers share free crates of the handmade chocolates by foot, taxi, bus, train, skateboard, and (our personal favorite method, of course) Citi Bike!

Riding a Citi Bike for free chocolate all in the name of art and culture?! We like where you’re going with this, Mr. Murillo…

Colombina holds an important place in Murillo’s heart as both his mother and father worked at the company’s factory in La Paila, Colombia. Gallery visitors are invited to join the exhibition and share the produced candies throughout the five boroughs with the method of transportation of their choice. Through his exhibit, Murillo hopes to challenge the ideas of trade, migration, and community in New York City, and encourage people to think of them in new ways.

Become a part of this interactive exhibit! Swing by the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea and pick up a crate of chocolates. Deliver to a recipient of your choice to surprise them with sweet treats - maybe a nearby friend, coworker, or family member! Post photos of your delivery experience on social media with the tag #mercantilenovel. All participants will be entered in a lottery to receive prizes from Colombina and Oscar Murillo himself. Be sure to use #mercantilenovel and include your destination in your posts in order to be considered for a prize!

Find David Zwirner Gallery location info and hours here.

P.S.: Take advantage of the convenient Citi Bike station at W 20 St & 11 Ave, just around the block from the gallery.

We’re gearing up for spring in the field and in our warehouse. Already Citi Bikers are returning to the streets. Average daily rides over the past two weeks are nearly double what they were in January and February and those numbers will only continue to climb as temperatures rise and skies clear.

One of bigger projects is checking every single docking point (all 11,600 of them) in our system and replacing the broken ones. Goodbye grinding sounds and anxiety producing yellow lights of uncertainty.

Station techs are in the field testing each docking point at each station.

When they encounter one that does not work, they remove and replace its innards, and bring the broken parts back to our warehouse at the end of the day.

In the shop a second team works to repair the broken parts which might be as simple as fixing a motor. We have brought up some experts from Capital Area Bike Share in D.C. to help work with our techs on this project. Capital Area Bike Share opened in 2010 and has several years of valuable experience accumulated to share.

Docking points, like all of the various parts of our system, will require on-going maintenance throughout the year, but we are making a big push now to ensure that Citi Bikers returning the roads have the smoothest possible experience.

You can help keep docking points in good working order by docking firmly but not “slamming” the bike in—NY1’s Pat Kiernan demonstrates excellent technique.

You can also report broken docking points by calling 1-855-BIKE-311 or e-mailing customerservice@citibikenyc.com. Report the station name, and if possible the number of docks down from the kiosk. Later this spring we will be numbering each docking point to make it even easier to report issues.

Field photos by NYC Bike Share spring intern Nicole Chermark.

Citi Bike releases eight months of trip history data for developers, engineers, statisticians, artists, academics and other members of the interested public to use for analysis, development, visualization and more.

Contrary to the chatter in the media, Citi Bike is alive and growing.

This week we welcomed our 100,000th Annual Member and our riders pedaled their 7 millionth mile.

Last Friday and Saturday as the temperatures climbed above freezing riders took over 20,000 trips each day. We are preparing for and eagerly awaiting Spring when we expect even more people to enjoy the fun and convenience of Citi Bike, heading back to our warm weather average of 36,000 trips per day.

There are pieces of news that have come out about our system in recent days that we wanted to address here directly.

First, our parent company, Alta Bicycle Share is looking for investors to help grow Citi Bike into new neighborhoods and communities. Unlike other bike share systems in other cities that have public investment Alta must turn to private investors to help grow our system here. Alta is financially sound and is more committed than ever to making bike share a daily part of American life across the country.

Second, our General Manager will be departing in the coming weeks. He saw us through the launch of the largest bike share system in North America, including deployment of 332 stations and 6,000 bikes in a record short time frame. He will be moving on to a company that manages complex, large scale construction projects. We wish him the best in his new endeavors and welcome Eddie Inlow, former General Manager of Divvy Bikes in Chicago and current COO of Alta Bicycle Share, who will oversee general operations as we conduct a national search.

We thank all of our members and riders for their support over the past year and over the past week. We want you to know that we are committed to providing the best service possible and continuing to work with you to make this not only the biggest, but the best bike share system.

Keep Calm and Ride A Citi Bike

Meet Omar, a soon-to-be graduating senior at New York University who is double majoring in physics and economics. Born in Jordan and raised in Singapore, Omar now lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and uses Citi Bike for his daily commute to class.

Here are Omar’s impressions of Citi Bike and biking in New York:

Name: Omar
Occupation:  Student
Lives: Fort Greene, Brooklyn
School: NYU Greenwich Village campus

Did you ride a bike while growing up in Singapore?
Yes, I rode my bike a lot in Singapore. It doesn’t even compare to the experience of biking in NYC. Riding in Singapore is much more laid back, since bikes are relatively isolated from traffic. In NYC, riding amid car traffic, I’m more alert and aware of what’s going on around me.

But you enjoy riding a bike in NYC?
I do. Riding a bike in NYC is quite hard to describe; it’s energizing, but calming at the same time. It’s quite paradoxical – but it’s something that keeps my mind and body in sync. It’s also one of the fastest, healthiest and cheapest ways to get around and explore a lot of NYC.

What do you use Citi Bike for?
Whether it’s going to campus for class, or meeting up with friends for lunch, I try to Citi Bike whenever and wherever I can. When I have an important event to go to, I use the subway or take a cab, but biking is my preferred mode of transportation.

Did you ride in the winter?
I used it quite often during the winter, other than when there was a lot of snow on the road. It got pretty bad this winter! I probably used the subway at least once every week.

Any recommendations for Citi Bike riders venturing to or from Brooklyn?
Well, I wouldn’t really recommend biking across the Brooklyn Bridge, since it can get quite crowded with picture-taking pedestrians. I bike across the Manhattan Bridge at least once a day now. I used to walk across. It’s quite a nice walk, but it takes a while.

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