What a wild ride the last 10 years have been.
Weeks before the launch of the Citi Bike bike share program on May 27, 2013, with hundreds of stations across Manhattan and Brooklyn, 5,000 eager cyclists signed on as founding members, filling every available slot in just 30 hours.
In the decade since, New Yorkers have kept it moving, continuing to whoosh past milestones, and even celebrating the 100 millionth trip in July 2020. To mark the 10th anniversary, we're recognizing both the journey and the many, many destinations NYC-area residents and visitors have reached on those instantly recognizable blue bikes.
Want to test your knowledge of the bike share program? Give this quick quiz a spin.
A. Wythe Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn
B. West Street and Chambers Street in Manhattan
C. West 21st Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan
Steps from a grocery store, several workout studios and the F line, West 21st and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan is currently the most happening station, with a total of 149,464 trips from May 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023. A close second is West Street and Chambers Street; the Battery Park City station saw a total of 135,768 trips during this same period. Meanwhile, within this time frame, some 73,002 riders have docked at Wythe Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue, making it Brooklyn's most-frequented spot.
New Yorkers may have a reputation for walking fast, but even the most powerful pedalers aren't getting crosstown in a New York minute. Still, the average 13-minute ride clocks in well under the allotted 30 minutes for a single ride.
A. Parade float
B. New Year's Eve ball drop
C. Union Square metronome clock
Rather than spend all day freezing in Times Square, savvy cyclists participated in the holiday tradition by hopping on one of six stationary bikes set up at 42nd Street and 7th Avenue. Each two-minute session helped generate the required 50,000 watts the city's energy grid needed to drop the famed ball.
Twenty-five thousand bikes are spread among 1,500 stations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Jersey City and Hoboken. That's approximately 1.6 million less than the number of people that pack themselves into the borough of Manhattan alone.
A. Delivering newspapers
B. Helping new members sign up for the Citi Bike program
C. Transporting bikes from crowded stations to emptier docks
The answer to your transportation prayers, Bike Angels are one of the reasons you're able to easily find a Citi Bike bicycle at your go-to station and a spot to dock when you reach the office. They, in turn, earn points that can be redeemed for cool swag. So, basically, it's a two-way street.
As the pandemic waned, New Yorkers swapped the quarantine for sunny springtime skies, taking to the streets in May 2021. On Friday, May 14, riders broke the previous single day ridership record only to blow past it once again the very next day.
A. 10 mph
B. 14 mph
C. 18 mph
Hitting up to 18 mph, Citi Bike custom pedal-assist ebikes help riders shave precious minutes off their daily commute and outpace anyone sitting in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic.
A. Riding a bike up and down a hill until you've covered the distance of Mt. Everest
B. Completing multiple loops around the entirety of Manhattan
C. Biking to the top of Brooklyn's Battle Hill
Not for the casual cyclist, the "everesting" practice gained traction among bikers prepping for races with high elevation by slogging up and down steep terrain. New Yorker Don Wilcox took the idea and, well, rode with it, biking up and down Central Park's Great Hill 315 times.
A. Dog walker who logged 12,596 trips
B. University professor who logged 13,201 trips
C. Chef who logged 12,234 trips
Though he started riding in the spring of 2014, it wasn't until he joined Citi Bike's Bike Angels a few years later that East Village resident Joe Miller really got into the spirit. In his quest to become a top point earner, he averaged 43 rides per day.
The city that never sleeps also never stops moving. A blue bike is unlocked from a waiting dock some 80,000 times a day — more than 55 times each minute.
Congrats, you're a whiz on wheels! We bet you know all the best stations and you'd never ever be a dock blocker. Ride on.
A bit middle-of-the-road, but no sweat. Every journey has to start somewhere, and you know what they say about riding a bike… it's like riding a bike.
While it may feel as though you're spinning your wheels, there's no reason you can't get into the groove. We predict smoother streets ahead.
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