- Program 2013-14
Ride On NYC CitiBike Share Panel
Baruch College's Library Building, 151 E 25th Street (between Lex and 3rd), Room 750
In May 2013, after nearly two years of planning and intensive public input, the much-anticipated New York City bike sharing program, sponsored primarily by Citi and thus named Citi Bike, launched with roughly 6000 bicycles and 600 docking stations in Midtown, Lower Manhattan and West Brooklyn with plans to expand further north and east. Operated by NYC Bike Share LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alta Bicycle Share, Citi Bike is the most high-profile bike sharing program in the US and, arguably, the world, joining existing systems in Hangzhou, Mexico City, London, Washington, D.C., Boston, Melbourne, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal and many others.
In the few months since its launch, the program has added 65,000 annual members and hosted over 1.5 million cumulative trips, with daily trips increasing from roughly 6,000 at launch to over 40,000 by the end of July, capturing the attention of city planners, commuters and environmentalists across the country. Yet, many city residents are still not convinced whether Citi Bike will benefit the city as a whole and not just a small segment of the population.
Advocates expect the program to improve commute times, lessen crowding on public transportation and reduce congestion and pollution from New York 's streets. According to New York City 's Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, the program will generate approximately $36 million in economic activity and create 170 new jobs in the first year.
What are the long- and short-term implications of the Citi Bike program for New Yorkers' health, wealth and happiness? Will New York be changed forever, while leading a nationwide turn toward bicycle commuting? Can the program survive without its heavy corporate subsidies? How will the program affect the real estate market? What are the next steps in this commuting rediscovery?
Justin Ginsburg, Project Director, Alta; Charles Komanoff, Komanoff Energy Associates; John Orcott, Policy Director NYC DOT; Valerie Smith Director, Corporate Sustainability at Citi; Hillary Brown, Director NS Program in Sustainability CUNY