The Citi Bike Partner Key program provides community organizations with free access to Citi Bike bicycles that do not incur overage fees so that they can support and imbed bike-related activities into their current programming.
Citi Bike recognizes that underrepresented minorities and low-income communities have historically not had equitable access to bikeshare and desires to close that gap by increasing their opportunities to leverage bikeshare and assist new riders from these groups in becoming more frequent riders.
Through the Partner Key program, nonprofit organizations are provided between 15 Partner Keys, which are Citi Bike bicycle keys, that allow unlimited and untimed bike access for one classic bicycle per key per year. Partner Keys are a tool for organizations to host group and community rides that target underrepresented minority groups and low income New Yorkers, increasing their familiarity with Citi Bike, providing them with increased access to their neighborhoods, and building a culture of community around bikeshare. Ebike rides are not included in the Partner Key program. Organizations will be charged $0.10/minute, capped at $2 for rides 45 minutes or less starting or ending outside Manhattan per ebike.
The Partner Key Program seeks to connect organizations with Citi Bike bicycles to support the programs, events, and activities organized by non-profit and community-based organizations partners that share Citi Bike’s commitment to transportation equity. The Partner Key program allows organizations to go beyond the early adopters and create opportunities for a broader population to try Citi Bike without a financial commitment, partnering with organizations to provide access to Citi Bike for all.
Examples of Implementing Partners:
Below are a few examples of organizations that have participated in the Partner Key program and what they do with the keys:
Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation leads weekly community bike rides during riding season while also riding with staff to/from meetings, events, and lunches.
Access to Partner Keys allows Urban Upbound to increase conversations about the utility of bikeshare access with clients and partners.
The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership community rides provided opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds to forge relationships beyond the rides through follow up initiatives.
City As School high school students use Partner keys to ride bikes for gym credit.
Bushwick Cornerstone uses Partner Keys to explore the neighborhood and learn about sustainability.
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